Life interrupted: Trafficking into forced labor in the United States (2014) By Denise Brennan
From human trafficking to human rights: Reframing contemporary slavery. (2012) by Alison Brysk &, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick
Sex, drugs, and body counts: The politics of numbers in global crime and conflict (2010). By Peter Andreas & Kelly M. Greenhill
The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today (2010) by Kevin Bales & Ron Soodalter
The International Law of Human Trafficking (2010) by Anne Gallagher
Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara
Not For Sale (2007) by David Batstone
To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today’s Slaves (2008) by Kevin Bales & Zoe Trodd
Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy (2004). By Kevin Bales
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, the documentary series introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them. Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation.
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (2011)
Presented from a Christian worldview, Nefarious covers human trafficking in the United States, Western and Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia, alternating interviews with re-enactments. Victims of trafficking talk about having been the objects of physical abuse and attempted murder. Several former prostitutes talk about their conversion to Christianity, escape from sexual oppression, and subsequent education or marriage. The film ends with the assertion that only Jesus can free people from sexual slavery.
Inspired by actual events, Kathy (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. Directed by first time filmmaker Larysa Kondracki, the film also stars Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and Academy Award nominee David Strathairn.
Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Life unflinchingly, but with enormous dignity and compassion, depicts the unspeakable practices of a multi-billion dollar global industry whose profits, as the film’s narration says, “are built on the backs and in the beds of our planet’s youth.”
A first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2007, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.
Every day, women and children are enslaved – kidnapped or sold into sex-trafficking rings. This is a tough, uncompromising drama about the brutal realities faced by some of them, and the rookie immigration agent who, with the help of her boss and his team, works to bust the ring she uncovers and get its victims to safety. This emotional tale of survival and justice is a must-see, as it exposes the horror stories that could happen in any neighborhood – including yours.
Reports (Government & UN)
U.S Dept. of State Trafficking in Persons Report (2014)
ASEAN. (2010). ASEAN handbook of international legal cooperation in trafficking in persons cases. Retrieved from
Basu, S., Gallagher, A. T., Brennan, D., Shih, E., Lerum, K., & Weitzer, R. (2014). Selling People. Contexts, 13(1), 16-25. DOI: 1177/153650421522004.
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. DOI: 10.1177/0886109912443763.
Bressan, S. (2012). Criminal law against human trafficking within the EU: A comparison of an approximated legislation?. European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. 137-163. DOI: 10,1163/092895612X13333546844554
MacKinnon, C.A. (2011). Trafficking, prostitution and inequality. Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, 46(1), 271-309.
Lusk, M., & Lucas, F. (2009). The challenge of human trafficking and contemporary slavery. Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, 25(1), 49-57.