A shocking expose of the lucrative global business of human trafficking that "crackles with the intrigue of a spy novel" (The Washington Post). Illegal, inhuman, and impervious to recession, the international sex trade is one industry that continues to thrive. Operating just out of sight, and crisscrossing the entire world, encompassing an astounding 175 nations, the sinister network continues to trap more than 1 million helpless women and children a year. Complicit in the insidious enterprise: criminal masterminds, local handlers, corrupt law enforcement, willfully blind politicians, and eager consumers. In this ground-breaking work of investigative reporting, "lionhearted Mexican journalist and activist" Lydia Cacho follows the trail of the traffickers and their victims from Mexico to Turkey, Thailand to Iraq, Georgia to the UK, to expose the trade's hidden links with the tourist industry, internet pornography, drugs and arms smuggling, the selling of body organs, money laundering, and even terrorism (Publishers Weekly). Featuring first-person interviews with mafiosi, pimps, prostitutes, and those who managed to escape from captivity, Slavery Inc. is a sobering and vitally important work of reportage, both for the colossal scope of its enquiry, and for the tenacious bravery with which Cacho pursues the truth about one of the most serious crises of the twenty-first century.