Books

Invisible Chains:  Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking. 

Perrin, Benjamin.  Viking Canada, 2010.

The global problem of human trafficking is only beginning to be recognized in Canada, even though it has been hidden in plain sight. In Invisible Chains, Benjamin Perrin, an award-winning law professor and policy expert, exposes cases of human trafficking, recording in-depth interviews with people on the front lines--police officers, social workers, and the victims themselves--and bringing to light government records released under access-to-information laws.


Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress

Farley, Melissa, ed. Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress. The Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, 2000.

This collection of essays and research studies analyzes multiple aspects of the sex industry and its global impact. Buy on Amazon.

Not For Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography

Stark, Christine and Rebecca Whisnant, ed.

Spinifex, 2004.

Prostitution and pornography are increasingly saturating our lives and our communities. They are becoming normalized and accepted as harmless entertainment for men, and as legitimate, even liberating forms of work for women. This book brings the feminist movement against prostitution and pornography into the 21st century by detailing the harmful effects of these industries. Buy on Amazon.

Passport Through Darkness,

Smith, Kimberly, David C. Cook, 2011

Kimberly Smith was an average American churchgoer, wife, and mother—until she dared to ask God His dreams for her life. Traveling around the world and deep into the darkness of her own heart, Kimberly's worst fears collided with her faith as she and her family discovered the atrocities of human trafficking. But it was in that broken place that a self-centered life was transformed into an international effort to save thousands from modern-day slavery, persecution, disease, and genocide. 

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Youth Involved in Prostitution, Pornography and Sex Trafficking

Barnitz, Laura.Youth Advocate Program

Highlighting some of the common issues faced by prostituted children, this booklet provides an overview of the supply and demand dynamics of the commercial sexual exploitation of youth.

Prostitution, Power and Freedom. 

Davidson, Julia O. Connell. The University of Michigan Press, 1998.

Julia O. Connell Davidson presents contemporary research on issues ranging from prostituted children to the debate surrounding “choice”.  Economic, social, and power relationships are explored.

Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections.

Farley, Melissa. Prostitution Research & Education, 2007.

Melissa Farley offers a thorough investigation on the inner workings of the sex industry in the state of Nevada. While prostitution is legal in the majority of the state’s counties, Farley highlights the ways in which women are still being exploited, trafficked, and violated throughout the state.

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves.

Bales, Kevin. University of California Press, 2008.

The fight to abolish slavery still continues to this day, and in this book Kevin Bales explores slavery’s history and potential solutions to address this grievous human rights violation.

Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade.and How We Can Fight It. 

Batstone, David. HarperOne, 2007.

Journalist David Batstone investigates modern-day slavery by describing the contemporary phenomenon, and by providing stories of those enslaved and those fighting to abolish slavery.

Stop the Traffik: People Shouldn’t be Bought and Sold.

Chalke, Steve. Lion, 2009.

The issues of human trafficking and violence are explored by professionals, activists, and its victims. The book emphasizes the need for greater awareness about the issue and greater government commitment in ending this human rights violation.

The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade.

Malarek, Victor. Arcade Publishing, 2004.

The trend of trafficking Easter European women into the sex trade is examined - how they get there, what happens to them in the sex trade, how they survive - and its connection to globalization.

Pornography: Driving the Demand in International Sex Trafficking.

Guinn, David E., ed., and Julie DeCaro, Esq. Captive Daughters Media, 2007.

Captive Daughters Media explores the links between pornography, prostitution, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation and the role that “demand” plays in each.

The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It.

Malarek, Victor. Arcade, 2009.

Victor Malarek, journalist and author of The Natashas, writes another expose on the sex industry, its customers, and the women who are trafficked from around the world into sexual slavery to meet the demand for paid sex.

The Truth Behind Deep Throat.

Lovelace, Linda. Ordeal: Ciadel Press, 2006.

Pornography and sexual abuse victim, Linda Boreman, recounts her horrific experience filming Deep Throat, and the rape, abuse, and humiliation endured throughout her forced marriage to the film’s director, Chuck Traynor.

Whore.

Arcan, Nelly.   Black Cat, 2005.

Formally involved in prostitution in Quebec, Acran shares the story of what lead her into prostitution and what life was like within the sex trade.

A Piece of Cake.

Brown, Cupcake. Crown Publishers, 2006.

In this book, Cupcake, a successful lawyer and advocate for at-risk women, shares the story of her life in the foster care system, and her experiences with child abuse, rape, drug dealing, addiction, alcoholism, gang activity, prostitution, and homelessness.

Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid.

Lau, Evelyn. Perennial Canada, 1989.

In this memoir, Evelyn Lau provides an account of the two years spent homeless, drug addicted, and surviving through prostitution after leaving home at the age of fourteen in search of greater freedom.

Not Without My Sister.

Buhring, Juliana, Kristina Jones, and Celeste Jones.  Harper Element, 2007.

This book details the story of three sisters born into the cult .Children of G-d”, and the sexual abuse, poverty, and imprisonment they endured until they were able to escape as adults.

Hustled: My Journey from Fear to Faith.

Flynt-Vega, Tonya. Westminster John Knox Press, 1998.

The daughter of pornographer Larry Flynt recounts her sexually violent childhood and the abuse she endured by her father. She explores her journey of moving from destructive behavior to becoming an advocate against the pornography industry.

The Sacred Bath: An American Teen’s Story of Modern Day Sex Slavery.

Flores, Theresa L.  iUniverse, 2007.

This is a true story of Theresa Flores’ 2-year enslavement in a sex slavery ring in which she endured rape and physical harm within a trafficking ring.

Fiona’s Story: A Tragedy of our Times.

Ivison, Irene. Virago, 1997.

A mother shares the story of her daughter’s tragic victimization into prostitution and her brutal death in hopes of protecting other children and raising awareness about the harms of the sex trade.

The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine.

Mam, Somaly. Spiegel & Gram, 2008.

In this memoir, Somaly Mam remembers her experiences as a 12-year old Cambodian girl enslaved into human trafficking. Having escaped with the help of a French aid worker, Somaly is now an advocate that helps organize raids of brothels to free those still enslaved. 

Feminism and Pornography.

Cornell, Drucilla and Teresa Brennan and Susan James, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000.

This compilation of essays investigates various aspects of the feminist debate about pornography and its impact on society.

Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity.

Jenson, Robert. South End Press, 2007.

Jensen critiques mainstream pornography and asks tough but crucial questions about pornography, manhood, and paths toward genuine social justice.

Pornified: How Pornography is Damaging our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families.

Paul, Pamela. Owl Books, 2005.

Pamela Paul explores how pornography is becoming more socially acceptable but is having a significant damaging impact on culture and society. 

Oral Sex is the New Goodnight Kiss.

Sharlene Azam, 2008.

Azam explores the recent trend of high school girls engaging in sexual activity for money and other goods. She investigates the force or pressure that may be involved in participation, and how these activities affect their social and home lives.

The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It.

Durham, M. Gigi, Ph.D. Overlook, 2008.

The “Lolita Effect”, or mass media trends that works to undermine girls’ self-confidence, condone female objectification, and foster sex crimes, is demystified in this work. Strategies are offered to help girls learn to recognize progressive and healthy sexuality and protect themselves from degrading media ideas.

Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes.

Lamb, Sharon and Lyn Mikel Brown. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2007.

Lamb and Brown explore the negative impact that mainstream media’s, portrayals of femininity as “sexy and sweet” can have on young girls’ attitudes and self-esteem. The authors also gathered parent’s reactions to the impact the media is having on their daughters.

So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can do to Protect Their Kids.

Levin, Diane E. and Jean Kilbourne. Ballantine

This book investigates how popular culture and technology inundate today’s children with mixed messages at earlier ages than ever before, and how corporations capitalize on this disturbing trend. The authors offer their thoughts on why young girls are becoming “so sexy so soon”, and what parents can do to stop this trend.