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.”
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
Sex trafficking in Nepal – 31/8/2010
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