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Researching Human Trafficking

traffickingservices_cover.jpgHuman trafficking is a grave social issue and one that many social
welfare students and researchers may wish to study. We have all seen the many stories about human trafficking in the news. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (a subunit of the Administration for Children and Families defines human trafficking as “a form of modern day slavery” which can be sex trafficking but also other types of labor exploitation.   The Office of  Health and Human Services has published a resource guide with Services Available to Victims of Human Trafficking that may be of interest to social welfare students as well as social workers in the field.

We have a large number of resources on this topic that may be helpful to you if you are writing a paper or beginning research on the topic of human trafficking. Here are some select books and articles available at the
University Libraries. In addition, we have listed some of the key websites of government, social service, and advocacy organizations which focus on this important social issue.

Books Available at the University Libraries:

Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and U.S. Responses by Virginia M. Kendall and T. Markus Funk. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, c2012. Dewey Library / KF 9449 K46 2012.

A Girl’s Path to Prostitution: Linking Caregiver Adversity to Child Susceptibility by Joan A. Reid. El Paso: LFB Scholarly Pub., 2012. Dewey Library / HQ 118 R45 2012.

Global Perspectives on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking edited by Rochelle L. Dalla, et al. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, c2011. Dewey Library / HQ 118 G56 2011.

From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Reframing Contemporary Slavery edited by Alison Brysk and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, c2012. Dewey Library / HT 867 F676 2012.

Migration, Prostitution, and Human Trafficking: The Voice of Chinese Women by Min Liu.New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, c2011. University Library/ HQ 250 L584X 2011.

Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara. New York: Columbia University Press, c2009. University Library/ HQ 281 K37 2009.

Sex Slaves and Serfs: The Dynamics of Human Trafficking in a Small Florida Town by Erin C. Heil. Boulder, CO: FirstForumPress, 2012. Dewey Library / HD 4865 U6 H45 2012.

Sex Trafficking, Human Rights and Social Justice edited by Tiantian Zheng. London ; New York : Routledge, c2010. Dewey Library / HQ 281 S49 2010.

The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter. Berkeley, CA; London: University of California Press, c2009. University Library / HQ 314 B35X 2009.

Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings: All Roads Lead to America by Sheldon X. Zhang. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2007. Dewey Library / HQ 281 Z53 2007.

The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe. New York: Anchor Books, 2010, c2009. University Library / HQ 281 K44X 2010.

The War on Human Trafficking: U.S. Policy Assessed by Anthony M. DeStefano. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, c2007. Dewey Library / HQ 125 U6 D47 2007.

Select Articles:

Alvarez, M. B., & Alessi, E. J. (2012). Human trafficking is more than sex trafficking and prostitution: Implications for social work. AFFILIA:Journal of Women And Social Work, 27(2), 142-152. 

Androff, D. K. (2011). The problem of contemporary slavery: An international human rights challenge for social work. International Social Work, 54(2), 209-222.

Bjelajac, Z., Spalevic, Z., & Banovic, B. (2013). Psychophysical status of human trafficking victims. Healthmed, 7(4), 1341-1346.

Heinrich, K., & Sreeharsha, K. (2013). The State of State Human-Trafficking Laws. Judges' Journal, 52(1), 28-31.

Kotrla, K. K. (2010). Domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States. Social Work, 55(2), 181-187.

Perdue, T., Prior, M., Williamson, C., & Sherman, S. (2012). Social justice and spiritual healing: Using micro and macro social work practice to reduce domestic minor sex trafficking. Social Work and Christianity, 39(4),449-465.

Palmer, N. (2010). The Essential Role of Social Work in Addressing Victims and Survivors of Trafficking. ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, 17(1), 43-56.

Wolf-Branigin, M., Garza, S., & Smith, M. A. (2010). Reducing demand for human trafficking: A non-linear approach for developing capacity. Social Work and Christianity, 37(4),424-436.

Select Web Resources:

Polaris Project for a World without Slavery
--Information on both sex and labor trafficking
--Includes a section on recognizing signs of trafficking in your community
--Operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center - 24-hour hotline, training, etc.
--Includes information on resources, groups, laws, stats, etc. by state: New York State Resources

DHS Human Trafficking Page
--Blue Campaign unites DHS components to combat human trafficking through public awareness, training, victim assistance and law enforcement
--Tip hotline for reporting human trafficking incidents
--Information on recognizing trafficking

Bureau of Justice Statistics report: Characteristics of Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010
--Statistical information about human trafficking

FBI Human Trafficking page: 
--Overview of FBI initiatives
--Information on related laws/statutes
--Tip Hotline
--Links to other government agency human trafficking pages

Fact Sheet for Schools 
--Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, US Department of Education
--Information for reporting and identifying victims of human trafficking
--Contains Links to other resources

As always, if you have questions about locating information and resources for your projects related to human trafficking or other social welfare topics, please contact Elaine Lasda Bergman, our Social Welfare Subject Specialist at the Dewey Library. She can be reached at or 442-3695.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin and Elaine Lasda Bergman

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