UW Women's Center

Media and Readings


Books, Reports and Articles

The 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report

The Department of State’s comprehensive report summarizes the nature and magnitude of human trafficking worldwide, as well as, individual governments’ efforts to address and combat this illegal trade.


The challenges of and potential solutions to the problem of the trafficking of women and children: An Overview

by Sutapa Basu

An brief summary of the human trafficking and matchmaking business, the existing U.S. policies regarding the illegal industry, and the coordinated effort that must take place to effectively assist trafficking survivors.


Women Migration and Conflict: Breaking the Deadly Cycle

by Susan Forbes Martin and John Tirman

An in-depth look on how warfare effects the health of women and children, including a chapter discussing the human trafficking that results from population displacement. Leading scholars and practitioners share their understanding of the current problems facing vulnerable populations and offer specific solutions for combating these issues.


Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

by Siddharth Kara

Kara provides a rare business analysis of contemporary slavery worldwide with a focus on sex trafficking. In addition, he shares his experiences traveling to several countries where he has seen the sale of human beings into slavery and interviewed women and children exploited by the industry.

Interview with Siddharth Kara


The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today

by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter

An overview of several forms of slavery still present in the Unites States.

Kevin Bales speaking on Democracy Now



Logan , T.K. , Walker, R . & Hunt, G. (2009). Understanding Human Trafficking in the United States, Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 10(1), 3-30.

Zimmerman, C., Hossain, M., Yun, K., Gajdadziev, V., Guzun, N., Tchomarova, M., et al. (2008). The health of trafficked women: A survey of women entering post- trafficking services in Europe. American Journal of Public Health, 98(1), 55-59.

Zimmerman, C., Hossain, M., Yun, K., Roche, B., Morison, L., & Watts, C. (2006). Stolen smiles: A summary report on the physical and psychological health consequences of women and adolescents trafficked in Europe. London: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from http://www .lshtm.ac.uk/hpu/docs/StolenSmiles.pdf


Radio and TV

KUOW 94.9 FM Radio Special on Human Trafficking in Washington State
March 2010

“Human trafficking is twenty–first century slavery. While it’s often associated with the sex trade in foreign countries, the issue goes far beyond prostitution. Victims right here in Washington state have been found in a variety of businesses such as construction, housekeeping, food service, and agriculture. Victims advocates and law enforcement say it can surface in any industry. In this four–part series, Sara Lerner takes a close look at the problem in our state and Washington’s unique role in combating it.”

Reported and produced by Sara Lerner and edited by Jim Gates. Funding was provided by the KUOW Program Venture Fund. Contributors include Paul and Laurie Ahern and Puget Sound Energy.

Movies and Documentaries link

Eye To Eye With Katie Couric: Human Trafficking (CBS News)

STOP THE TRAFFIK interview: Victoria Kuhr on human trafficking in Moldova