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Slavery, trafficking and exploitation

With an estimated 40 million victims of human trafficking around the world, and countless more being unfairly exploited, research on this topics is incredibly valuable, especially when combined with direct accounts from victims, to help us understand the realities of the situation.

The books below offer crucial insights into the lives of victims and suggest vital policy changes.

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Labour Law and the Person

An Agenda for Social Justice

This book introduces an innovative approach to social justice for labour law centred on the concept of 'relational autonomy and vulnerability'. Highlighting the need to balance individual needs with societal needs and government involvement, the book sets an inclusive labour law agenda that adapts flawlessly to the ever-evolving labour market.

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Conceptualising Arbitrary Detention

Power, Punishment and Control

Available Open Access digitally under CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

This book examines how governments misuse detention to abuse power, suppress dissent and maintain social hierarchies. Proposing solutions for future policy, this is a call for greater respect for the rule of law and human rights.

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Modern Slavery in Global Context

Human Rights, Law and Society

This collection brings together academics from a range of disciplines to examine modern slavery. Providing a platform to critique the legal, ideological and political responses to the issue, experts interrogate the construct of modern slavery and the anti-trafficking discourse which have dominated contemporary responses to exploitation.

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Trafficking Chains

Modern Slavery in Society

This book offers a theory of trafficking and modern slavery with implications for policy. Going beyond polarised debates on the sex trade, this book shows the importance of coercion and the societal complexities that perpetuate modern slavery.

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Smuggling and Trafficking of Migrants in Southern Europe

Criminal Actors, Dynamics and Migration Policies

This book focuses on migrant smuggling and trafficking in Italy, Spain and Greece, tackling key issues such as the role of criminals and the economic factors that expose migrants to exploitation upon arrival.

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Tackling Torture

Prevention in Practice

Malcolm D. Evans tells the story of torture prevention under international law, setting out what is really happening in places of detention around the world. Challenging assumptions about torture’s root causes, he calls for what is needed to enable us to bring about change.

The Criminalisation of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

Voices from the Detention Processes in Greece

Greece is a key EU entry country for unaccompanied migrant minors seeking safety but such children are frequently criminalised through detention processes. Giving voice to migrant children throughout, Papadopoulos promotes child-friendly practices and the safeguarding of fundamental rights.

Southern and Postcolonial Perspectives on Policing, Security and Social Order

Postcolonial legacies continue to impact upon the Global South and this edited collection explores their influence on systems of policing and social ordering. Expanding the Southern Criminology agenda, the book critically examines social and environmental harms, violence and war crimes, human rights abuses and the criminalisation of protest.

The Immobility Turn

Mobility, Migration and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Using empirical evidence from Portugal, a geopolitically important point of intersection within Europe and between Global South and Global North, this book offers invaluable insights about how the pandemic has impacted migration, mobility, industries and individuals’ lives, informing policy-making processes on a global level.

The War on Dirty Money

Billions of dollars are wasted each year trying to prevent ‘dirty money’ entering a financial system that is already awash with it. This book challenges the existing global approach and provides a toolbox of evidence-based solutions to help the frontline tackle financial crime.

Contesting County Lines

Case Studies in Drug Crime and Deviant Entrepreneurship

Combining a compulsive read with rigorous academic analysis, this book tells the real-life stories of drug dealers involved in county lines networks. This myth-busting, accessible book offers a new way of thinking about drug crime prevention, intervention and enforcement.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Victim Journey

This book traces the journey of victims/survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking into and within the UK, from recruitment to representation to (re)integration. It offers crucial suggestions for better public awareness, policies and practices that will impact interventions in the UK and beyond.