Exploring human trafficking in the US - Mexico borderlands as a regional expression of a pressing global problem, Borderline Slavery sheds light on the contexts and causes of trafficking, offering policy recommendations for addressing it that do justice to border communities' complex circumstances. This book focuses on both sexual and labor trafficking, proceeding thematically from global to regional levels to provide an empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and policy-relevant approach, which examines the problem through the eyes of scholars and researchers from various fields, as well as journalists, public officials, law enforcement personnel, victims' advocates and NGO representatives. Discussing the multinational networks, global economics, and personal motives that fuel a multibillion dollar trade in human beings as cheap labor, Borderline Slavery suggests future directions for effective policies and law enforcement strategies to prevent the advance of human trafficking. As such, it will be of interest to both policy makers and scholars across the social sciences working in the fields of migration, exploitation and trafficking.

part I|88 pages

The Global Context

chapter 1|12 pages


BySusan Tiano

chapter 2|36 pages

Human Trafficking

A Perfect Storm of Contributing Factors
BySusan Tiano

chapter 3|16 pages


The Forgotten Link in the Nexus between Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear 1
BySandro Calvani, Olivia Jung, Vittoria Luda di Cortemiglia

chapter 4|22 pages

Trafficking in Women and Girls

Commodification for Profit
ByKathryn Farr

part II|49 pages

Human Trafficking in Mexico

chapter 5|8 pages

Trata de Personas

Mexico’s Efforts 1
ByGustavo de Unánue Aguirre

chapter 6|10 pages

Corazón Azul

A Hope for the Vulnerable
ByRoberto Rodríquez Hernández

chapter 7|16 pages

Sex Trafficking in Mexico

The Nexus between Poverty, Violence against Women, and Gender Inequalities
ByJenny Clark

chapter 8|14 pages

Assessing Human Trafficking in Mexico

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative’s Experience
ByBrenner Allen

part III|79 pages

Human Trafficking along the U.S.–Mexico Border

chapter 9|22 pages

Human Trafficking and the U.S.–Mexico Border

Reflections on a Complex Issue in a Binational Context
ByTony Payan

chapter 10|10 pages

The Best Smugglers in El Paso

ByDavid B. Ham

chapter 11|24 pages

Human Trafficking Through Mexico and the Southwest Border

Accounts from Hidalgo and Cochise Counties
ByRichard J. Schaefer, Carolyn Gonzales

chapter 12|22 pages

Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Labor Exploitation and Human Trafficking of Mexican Nationals to the Gulf Coast
ByStephanie Hepburn

part IV|38 pages

Combating Human Trafficking

chapter 13|8 pages

Roadblocks to Legal Help for Trafficking Victims

T-Visas and the Mondragon Raid
ByLise Olsen

chapter 14|16 pages

A Model for Coordination in Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces

The El Paso, Texas, Site Protocol
ByVirginia McCrimmon

chapter 15|12 pages

Combating Human Trafficking in the U.S.–Mexico Borderlands

ByMoira Murphy-Aguilar, Susan Tiano