Policy Press

Trafficking Chains

Modern Slavery in Society

By Sylvia Walby and Karen Shire

Published

Apr 22, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1529232356

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Apr 22, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1529232370

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Apr 22, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1529232370

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Trafficking Chains

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

This book offers a theory of trafficking and modern slavery with implications for policy. Despite economic development, modern slavery persists all around the world. The issue is not only one of crime but the regulation of the economy, better welfare and social protections.

Going beyond polarised debates on the sex trade, an original empirical analysis shows the importance of profit-taking. Although individual experience matters, the root causes lie in intersecting regimes of inequality of gender regimes, capitalism, and the legacies of colonialism. This book shows the importance of coercion and the societal complexities that perpetuate modern slavery.

Sylvia Walby OBE is Professor of Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow the UK Academy of Arts and Social Sciences, and Co-President of International Sociological Association’s TG11 on Violence and Society.

Karen Shire is Professor of Comparative Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She is a Member of the International Max-Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy, and President of International Sociological Association RC02 Economy and Society.

1. Introduction

2. Theory

3. Law

4. Data

5. Policy

6. Sexual Exploitation

7. Conclusion