Human Trafficking: Global History and Global Perspectives

Elisha Dung Announcement
Alabama, United States
Subject Fields
Area Studies, Geography, Political Science, African History / Studies, Sociology


Human Trafficking: Global History and Global Perspectives

Elisha J. Dung, Ph.D. and Augustine Avwunudiogba, Ph.D. (Editors)


The United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking In Persons, Especially Women And Children, Supplementing The United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime define Human Trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.” (Article 3, paragraph (a)).


The US Department of State and many non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations consider human trafficking “modern slavery.” Although the number varies, it is believed that, worldwide, no less than 20 million people are being trafficked. These institutions and scholars around the world have noted that assessing the full scope of human trafficking is difficult because, in the first place, many governments do not know what to do with the victims and their perpetrators; secondly, the perpetrators often do not cooperate for fear of the law; and third,  many of the victims not cooperate because of the stigma attached and, most importantly, the fear of retribution against them and their friends and family members.


There is a tendency to think that Human Trafficking is a recent phenomenon. This is not the case despite fervent traditional media reporting or its sensationalism in social media. Human Trafficking, records show, is as old as any troubling or insidious social issue and or sociological issue. Perhaps the only discernible difference is the scope, the complexity, and the dimension of its occurrence in the last decade. While many of the victims are women and children, available evidence suggests that an increasing number of victims are men (as child laborers and child soldiers in war and conflict zones). Many of the women are used as commercial sex workers (prostitutes). Others serve as sex slaves or are forced into arranged and/or abusive marriages. And an increasing number of victims are also trafficked for the sole purpose of harvesting their organs.


The purpose of this project is to systematically examine Human Trafficking around the world. It is for this reason that we are inviting scholars, members of the Civil Society, government and non-governmental organizations to contribute chapters to this book project.  While we have made some suggestions, interested contributors may suggest topics if the said topic falls within the overall theme of this project:



  • Theorizing Human Trafficking
  • Ancient and Modern Origins of Human Trafficking
  • Trafficking Networks
  • Religion, Culture, and Human Trafficking
  • Globalization/Globalizing Forces and Human Trafficking


  • The United Nations and Human Trafficking
  • Domestic Legislation
  • The European Union and Human Trafficking
  • The Organization of American States and Human Trafficking
  • The African Union and Human Trafficking


  • Asia (South Asia; East Asia; and Southeast Asia
  • East/Western Europe
  • The Middle East
  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Human Trafficking in the Americas


  • The Human Cost of Trafficking
  • The Economic Cost of Human Trafficking
  • The Mental and Psychology Injuries of Imprisonment
  • Women, Children, and Domestic Servitude
  • Child Soldiers in Conflict Situations


  • Mapping the Routes – Ocean and Sea Routes
  • Trafficking Routes – Desert and Land Routes
  • Aggregating the Data – With the aid of GIS
  • The Problems and challenging of Data Collection
  • The Cold War and the Post-9/11 Environment  



  1. Please submit a 300-350-word abstract plus a 150-250-word biography along with your official contact information by 30 June 2020 to and please Cc the coeditor at (Abstracts & Manuscripts should be submitted in English).
  2. You will be notified of acceptance or rejection of abstract by 15 July 2020
  3. Information regarding our publisher, formatting/citation will be transmitted along with the acceptance notice.
  4. Your completed chapter: 20-25-double spaced pages (including tables, figures, maps, endnotes, and bibliography) is due 30 October 2020


Elisha Jasper Dung is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of geography in the Department of Advancement Studies at Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, and an MA in Geography from the University of Northern Iowa, USA. Dr. Dung teaches courses in World Regional Geography, Cultural Geography, Regional Geography of North America, Computer Applications in the Social Sciences, and the Geography of Africa. His most recent publications have been on African Diaspora, bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, African migration, and Caribbean out-migration.


Augustine Avwunudiogba is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Dept. of Anthropology, Geography and Ethnic Studies, California State University Stanislaus. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, and an MA in Geographical Studies from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville Illinois. Dr. Avwunudiogba’s recent publications on Africa and Latin America include topics on Environmental Resource use and Conservation, Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation, and forthcoming publications on the Challenges of Refugees and Internally Displaced persons, and African Migrants and the Refugee Crisis.

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