There are a wide range of books about girl trafficking and human trafficking generally. Most of these books are available through the Girl Museum Shop.

If you know of any books or articles that would add to the knowledge, please send in the titles.


Kevin Bales, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy.  University of California Press, 1999.  Exhaustive research showing that some 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world.  Bales is the considered world authority on slavery.

Kathleen Barry, Female Sexual Slavery.  New York University Press, various editions.   A landmark study of prostitution and violence against women.

Ryan Bishop & Lillian S. Robinson, Night Market: Sexual Cultures and Thai Economic Miracle. Routledge, 1998.  Details how the Thai economic “miracle” is being paid for with women’s lives.

Ko-Lin Chin, Smuggled Chinese: Clandestine immigration to the United States.  Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1999.  Mr. Chin details snakehead recruitment of illegal immigrants, standard and not so standard routes of entry into the U.S. and what happens upon arrival.  Very current material.

Mary Crawford, Sex Trafficking in South Asia: Telling Maya’s Story.  Routledge, 2009. A professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Connecticut, Crawford tells the story of one girl, Maya, and the travails she experiencs as a sex trafficking victim. As moving as it informative, this book will change the way one thinks about the root causes of sex trafficking – a product of gender and class discrimination.

Drs. R.Estes and N. Weiner, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada & Mexico.  University of PA School of Social Work, 2001.

Melissa Farley, Ed., Prostitution, Trafficking & Traumatic Stress Disorder. Haworth Press, 2003.

Kathryn Farr, Sex Trafficking: The Global Market in Women and Children.  Worth Publishers, 2004. One-stop, accessible reading to educate yourself about global sex-trafficking; although Farr does not include how prostitution plays a major role in sex-trafficking.

Rita Giaretta, Slaves No More.

George Hicks, Comfort Women.  W.W. Norton & Company, 1994.  Trafficking of Korean women for the pleasure (and inhuman abuse) by Japanese military during WWII.   The most extensive record available in English of survivors of this horror.

Shelia Jeffreys, The Idea of Prostitution.  Spinfex, Melbourne, Australia, 1997.

Siddharth Kara, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery.  Columbia University Press, 2008. Kara, a former investment banker and executive, uses theoretical economics and business analysis to propose measures that could eradicate sex trafficking by undermining the profitability of the illegal activities associated with the crime.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.  Knopf, 2009. An instant bestseller from the award-winning New York Times columnist and his wife, this beautiful and inspiring book reminds us all that without women and their contributions that the world would be incomplete.

Laura Lederer, Human Rights Report on Trafficking of Women and Children: A Country-by-Country Report on a Contemporary Form of Slavery. School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.

Rachel Lloyd, Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself, Harper Collins, 2011.

Victor Malarek, The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy ItThe Natashas: Inside the Global Sex TradeArcade Publishing, 2005.

Somaly Mam, The Road of Lost Innocence Spiegel & Grau, 2008.

Dr. Jill Murray, But, I Love Him: Protecting Your Daughter From Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships, Harper Paperbacks, 2001.  How a teenage girl learns to submerge her personality to her boyfriend  Such behavior sets the stage for entrapment by pimps and traffickers.

Silvana Paternostro, In the Land of God & Man: Confronting our Sexual Culture.  Dutton, New York, 1998.  A must read book–the Rosetta Stone on Latin American patriarchy.

Pornography: Driving the Demand in International Sex Trafficking. Captive Daughters Media, 2006. A collection of essays from today’s leaders in the fight against sex trafficking, this book explains using captivating and detailed case studies how the demand for pornography ultimately feeds the desire for prostitution and sex trafficking.

Jody Raphael, Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty and Prostitution.  Northeastern University Press, Boston, 2004.  Listening to Olivia is a major contribution to our understanding of the commercial sex industry in the United States.

E. Benjamin Skinner, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery. Free Press, 2008.  Awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction.

Morrison Torrey & Sara Dubin, Eds. Demand Dynamics: The Forces of Demand in Global Sex Trafficking. International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.   2003 Demand Dynamics conference report.


Stephen Long, Karmic Ties: A Novel of Modern Asia.  Medicine Bear Publishing, Blue Hill, Maine, 1999.   Graphic, fictional account of Bangkok’s sex industry.

Patricia McCormick, Sold.  Hyperion Teens, 2006.  For young adults, a compelling fictionalized but factual tale of an innocent Nepali village girl’s year in a Calcutta brothel until her rescue by an American from an non-profit organization.

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