Combating Human Trafficking: A Multidisciplinary Approach

1st Edition

Michael J. Palmiotto

Published December 1, 2014
Textbook - 333 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482240399 - CAT# K23320

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A centuries-old crime, human trafficking occurs not only in undeveloped countries, but also in some surprising locations. Right here in the United States, individuals are recruited, transported, and held by unlawful means—either through deception or under threat of violence. Approaching the topic from a law enforcement perspective, Combating Human Trafficking: A Multidisciplinary Approach provides an unprecedented look at the investigation of this phenomenon in America.

Beginning with historical, sociological, and psychological perspectives, the book discusses how authorities can best conduct an investigation of trafficking. It reviews federal agencies responsible for confronting the problem, examines relevant laws and legal trends, and discusses law enforcement awareness and training. Individual chapters written by experts in law enforcement explore a host of topics, including:

  • Border issues between Mexico and the U.S., including the trafficking of people, drugs, and firearms
  • The role of the Internet in human trafficking
  • Child victim recruitment into sex trafficking
  • How sexually oriented businesses such as escort services, hostess bars, and massage parlors can be fronts for sex trafficking
  • The prevalence of human trafficking among street gangs
  • Forced labor aspects, especially with respect to illegal immigrants
  • How victims are chosen
  • Theoretical, practical, and ethical considerations in providing effective services to victims

An ideal resource for police investigators, police training, and community outreach organizations, the book is also suitable as a college text for criminal justice courses. It is hoped that the awareness created through this text will provide the knowledge and tools needed to help to end this form of modern-day slavery.


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