According to the UNODC (2015), human trafficking (HT) is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of income for organized criminal networks. It profoundly impacts the physical and mental health of victims, their families, and entire communities and is recognized as a crime against humanity.

Despite burgeoning interest, education, research, and advocacy efforts, a pinnacle handbook devoted to human trafficking and modern-day slavery – with global focus and multidisciplinary scope – does not currently exist. The Routledge International Handbook of Human Trafficking was created to fill this resource gap. Divided into four sections, the Handbook offers the reader a comprehensive and fresh approach via: (a) in-depth analyses and opportunities for application (through case studies, critical thinking questions, and supplemental learning materials); (b) multidisciplinary linkages, with disciplinary overlap across each of the four sections acknowledged and highlighted; and (c) content experts representing multiple segments of society (academia, government, foundation, law enforcement, and practice) and global vantage points (Australia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States).

Written by expert scholars, service providers, policy analysts, and healthcare professionals, this Handbook is an invaluable resource for those already working in the field, as well as for students in any discipline who want to learn (or learn more) about HT and modern-day slavery.

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Edited ByRochelle L. Dalla, Donna Sabella

section Section I|127 pages

Public policy

chapter 1|29 pages

The roles of past slaveries in contemporary anti-human trafficking discourse

Implications for policy
ByKaren E. Bravo

chapter 2|35 pages

What we talk about when we talk about trafficking

A reflection on the first 20 years of the modern anti-slavery fight 1
ByAmbassador Luis C. deBaca

chapter 3|32 pages

International policies to combat human trafficking

ByNatalia Ollus, Matti Joutsen

section Section II|79 pages

Criminal justice

chapter 5|24 pages

Where is the justice in criminal justice?

ByMarie Bussey-Garza, Michelle M. Dempsey, Christian Martin, Shea M. Rhodes

chapter 6|30 pages

Combating human trafficking

Challenges to the criminal justice system and what practitioners need to know
ByKatharine Bryant, Jacqueline Joudo Larsen, Elise Gordon

chapter 7|23 pages

The law of human trafficking

From international law to domestic codification in the U.S. and abroad
ByNicole J. Siller

section Section III|100 pages


chapter 8|25 pages

The complex mental health consequences of human trafficking

What every provider needs to know
BySandra L. Bloom, Susan Brotherton

chapter 9|22 pages

Syncope and malnutrition in an adolescent girl

ByKanani E. Titchen, Hanni M. Stoklosa

chapter 10|24 pages

Human trafficking and public health

ByAnita Ravi

chapter 11|27 pages

Trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal

ByAna Manzano

section Section IV|76 pages

Social work

chapter 12|27 pages

Training social workers in anti-trafficking service

ByJacquelyn C. A. Meshelemiah

chapter 13|22 pages

Unique contributions of social work in combating human trafficking

ByMelissa I. M. Torres, Maura Nsonwu, Laurie Cook Heffron, Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz

chapter 14|25 pages

How to work across multiple sectors to respond to human trafficking

Values, leadership, alliances, and program models
ByCelia Williamson, Dominique Roe-Sepowitz