Offering a perceptive study of the urgent human rights issue of trafficking in persons, this important book analyses the development and effectiveness of public policies across Eurasia.
Drawing on multi-method research in the region, Laura A. Dean explores the factors behind anti-trafficking strategies and the role of governments and activists in combating labour and sexual exploitation. She examines the intersection of global strategies and state-by-state approaches, and uses the diffusion of innovation framework to cast new light on the impetus and implementation of different policy typologies.
Identifying the strengths, weaknesses, and best practices in human trafficking policies around Eurasia, Dean’s book will appeal to a wide range of students, scholars, practitioners, and policy makers.
“We owe a considerable debt of gratitude to the author for what is a painstakingly detailed and quite comprehensive survey of the situation, a very substantial piece of research.” Journal of Social Policy
“Offers a new perspective on human trafficking policies in post-Soviet countries… This book will be of interest to academics and those who wish to understand trafficking policies in the post-Soviet region as well as those involved in dismantling it.” Europe-Asia Studies
“Dean’s book is interesting from the methodological and theoretical standpoints and identifies many vital issues… suggesting new approaches and new policy evaluation methods such as Human Trafficking Policy Index provides solid ground for academic discussion.” Journal of Baltic Studies
“A relevant read… and a good addition for those interested in knowing more about the situation of the region that is a “hotspot” of human trafficking.” Journal of Human Trafficking
"The book provides first-hand accounts of human trafficking victims, insightful interviews with state officials, policy makers and bureaucrats in the region of Eurasia, skilfully interpreted through original and innovative analysis of policy diffusion." Aija Lulle, Loughborough University
Laura A. Dean is Assistant Professor of political science and director of the Human Trafficking Research Lab at Millikin University. Her research focuses on gender and politics issues in Eurasia.
Introduction: Diffusing The Politics of Human Trafficking from Europe to Asia
Contrasting Policy Approaches to Human Trafficking in Eurasia
Diffusing Human Trafficking Policy Adoption
Tracing the Development of Anti-trafficking Institutions
Linkages Among Actors in Anti-trafficking Networks
Uneven Implementation of Human Trafficking Policies
Empirical Comparisons of Human Trafficking Policy Across Eurasia
Conclusion: The Implications of Human Trafficking Policies