Handbook of Sex Trafficking

Feminist Transnational Perspectives

  • Lenore Walker
  • Giselle Gaviria
  • Kalyani Gopal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. What Is Sex Trafficking?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nita Belles
      Pages 3-8
    3. Lenore Walker, Giselle Gaviria
      Pages 9-14
    4. Kathryn Ariella Pataki, Kristenne M. Robison
      Pages 39-43
    5. Latrice Annette Drain
      Pages 45-59
  3. Who Are the Victims?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Kelley A. Gill, Giselle Gaviria
      Pages 63-71
    3. Irma M. Barron, Colleen Frost
      Pages 73-84
    4. Natalie Sarachaga-Barato
      Pages 85-92
  4. Buyers and Traffickers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Nancy M. Sidun
      Pages 99-109
    3. Mackenzie Lambine, Giselle Gaviria
      Pages 111-116
    4. Natalie Sarachaga-Barato, Lenore Walker
      Pages 121-126
  5. Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Kalyani Gopal, Sandra Demos-Kelley
      Pages 133-137
    3. Yvonne G. Williams
      Pages 139-154
    4. Dugal Trimble, Nancy Rivard, Kalyani Gopal
      Pages 155-160
  6. Intervention

  7. Healing and Rehabilitation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Linda H. Dykstra
      Pages 233-246
  8. Views Around the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Chelsey Mahler, Giselle Gaviria, Natalie Sarachaga-Barato
      Pages 255-260
    3. Mackenzie Lambine
      Pages 261-263
    4. Giselle Gaviria, Estefania Masias
      Pages 265-271
    5. Wendy Cook
      Pages 287-297
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 299-307

About this book


This definitive reference assembles the current knowledge base on the scope and phenomena of sex trafficking as well as best practices for treatment of its survivors. A global feminist framework reflects a profound understanding of the entrenched social inequities and ongoing world events that fuel trafficking, including in its lesser-known forms. Empirically sound insights shed salient light on who buyers and traffickers are, why some survivors become victimizers, and the experiences of victim subpopulations (men, boys, refugees, sexual minorities), as well as emerging trends in prevention and protection, resilience and rehabilitation. These powerful dispatches also challenge readers to consider complex questions found at the intersections of gender, race, socioeconomic status, and politics.


A sampling of topics in the Handbook:


·         An organizational systems view of sex trafficking.

·         Vulnerability factors when women and girls are trafficked.

·         Men, boys, and LGBTQ: invisible victims of human trafficking.

·         Organized crime, gangs, and trafficking.

·         Human trafficking prevention efforts for kids (NEST).

·         Treating victims of human trafficking: core therapeutic tasks.

·         From Trafficked to Safe House (C-SAFE).


The Handbook of Sex Trafficking will interest a wide professional audience, particularly mental health workers, legal professionals, and researchers in these and related fields. Public health and law enforcement professionals will also find it an important resource.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Lenore Walker
    • 1
  • Giselle Gaviria
    • 2
  • Kalyani Gopal
    • 3
  1. 1.Nova Southeastern University, College of PsychologyFort LauderdaleUSA
  2. 2.Walker and AssociatesFort LauderdaleUSA
  3. 3.SAFE Coalition for Human RightsChicagoUSA

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