"This book is devoted to the exploration of those mechanisms of transnational mobility--smuggling and trafficking--deemed illegal in countries of destination, particularly the US. A law enforcement perspective strongly influences the author's approach. In his words, although immigrants themselves should form part of the discussion, the study focuses on smuggling and trafficking activities, their organization and profiles. If one's chief interest lies in the workings of the smuggling trade and the measures designed to counteract such activities, the book will prove especially useful and informative. It is well organized, clearly written, and thoroughly documented....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."
"Zhang, a professor of sociology at San Diego State University, meticulously reviews the available information in the field--includng academic studies, policy reports, and news articles. He showcases how addressing human smuggling in the United States suffers from a lack of good data, and a hodgepodge of political kneejerk responses....This type of compilation of a portrain of illegal entries in the United States is important, and should be taken further."
"This volume is simply one of the best books on human smuggling and trafficking--well-written, well-organized, and comprehensive. The book is unique because Professor Zhang is not only extremely familiar with the literature, but also has conducted empirical research on the topic for so many years. As a result, this is a solid book filled with findings from some of the best research on human smuggling and trafficking."
"This book is precisely the type of sound and firmly documented work that we need to approach human smuggling. Strong on aggregate facts, rich in interview material, informative on the ins and outs of the smuggling trade, and void of the stereotypes that are too often and too easily used to represent this phenomenon, Zhang is definitely ahead of the game when it comes to research in this area."
"Dr. Zhang provides an insightful, scholarly analysis of human trafficking at a time when immigration policy once again dominates American political discourse. By breaking down the human trafficking business into its component parts, Dr. Zhang is able to provide policymakers with a research-based foundation from which they can develop more effective and efficient countermeasures."