Siddharth Kara on Trafficking

Siddharth Kara is a researcher at Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights. His field of research is human trafficking. In 2009 he published the first of three books on modern slavery entitled “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery”, Columbia University Press.

Siddharth Kara traveled the globe in order to map the situation. He spoke to more than 500 slaves and faced slave traders. He studied sex-slavery and did an economic analysis of the trade.  Apart from his research Kara also advices the United Nations and many governments.

His book won the 2010 Frederick Douglas Book Award (selected by Yale University), the highest American tribute to non-fiction.

The introduction to the book reads:

“Every year, millions of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced or sold into forced prostitution, made to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. Generating huge profits for their exploiters, sex slaves form the backbone of one of the world’s most profitable illicit enterprises, for unlike narcotics, which must be grown, harvested, refined and packaged, the female body requires no such “processing” and can be repeatedly consumed.”

PR for the prize

HopeNow works with Siddharth Kara, who needs the association and especially Michelle Mildwater’s personal network in Africa. Her specialized knowledge about sex-trafficking and Africa is essential to Kara’s work, which includes activism and media work. He has (like Michelle Mildwater) written a screenplay that is being recorded, with Kara as the producer.

In the summer of 2010 Siddharth Kara traveled around Asia to do research on relatively unknown forms of slavery.  As part of the project, he reported as a blogger and submitted audio reports to CNN’s “Connect the World” series. Below please find the links to his reports.

Human trafficking in India – 29/7/2010

Child labor in Bangladesh – 3/8/2010

On the trail of child labor in Bangladesh – 3/8/2010

On the trail of forced labor in Bangladesh – 9/8/2010

India’s carpet industry plagued by child labor – 16/8/2010

Hammer Over My Head in India- 23/8/2010

India’s forced labour – 23/8/2010

On the trail of human trafficking: sex industry in Nepal – 31/8/2010

Sex trafficking in Nepal – 31/8/2010

Sex industry in Nepal – 31/8/2010

On the trail of human trafficking: forced labor in Nepal – 7/9/2010

Investigating forced labor in Nepal – 7/9/2010

Forced labour in Nepal – 11/9/2010

Stone breaking industry in Nepal – 13/9/2010

Claims of child labor for Games building – 23/9/2010

Hard evidence of child labor at 2010 Commonwealth Games – 24/9/2010

Children covered in dust and filth crashing hammers into stones – 24/9/2010

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