Louise Shelley


On her book Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective

Cover Interview of April 10, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Human trafficking will remain a defining problem of the 21st century.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Human smuggling and trafficking have been among the fastest growing forms of transnational crime—because current world conditions have created increased imbalances of demand and supply. Imbalances of supply and demand have created a flourishing business for traffickers.”

On the second:

“There was no single model of slavery.  Slavery was different in the American colonies, Brazil, and the Horn of Africa.  Just as the trade in humans was shaped in the past by cultural, geographic, and economic forces, today’s human trafficking is also shaped by these forces as well as historical traditions.”