Trafficking in human beings for the sex industry has been practised for centuries. What is new is the scale of the trade, the ages of those involved and the organization applied to the marketing. This text looks behind the wholesomeness of "Asian values" and takes a controversial approach to the sex industry by viewing it as a product of Asian cultural values. There are interviews with sex workers, their families, clients and the staff of the charities that work with the women. Above all, the book aims to tell the stories, often in their own words, of the girls and women who are forced into the trade and to publicize the tragedy of the voiceless women of Asia.
Louise Brown is Lecturer in Asian Studies and Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities at the University of Birmingham.