Geography of Trafficking
From Drug Smuggling to Modern-Day Slavery
by Fred M. Shelley and Reagan Metz
October 2017, 361pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3822-4
$108, £84, 94€, A148
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Trafficking is a serious and widespread problem that occurs all around the world as well as within the United States.

This important reference work examines trafficking from a geographic perspective and investigates the driving forces behind it and the powers that are trying to curtail the problem.

The worldwide crime of trafficking involves countless people, animals and animal parts, and illicit goods such as drugs and weapons being moved and sold illegally. Often, the trafficking occurs with the local government or law enforcement’s knowledge and complicity. This one-volume encyclopedia sheds light on a frightening and major issue, investigating the geography of trafficking and examining a range of examples of illegal human, animal, drug, and weapons movement around the world.

After a preface and introduction that provides an exact definition of trafficking, the encyclopedia presents thematic essays that explore the various specific kinds of trafficking. Approximately 30 country profiles describe who and what is trafficked in each country, the motivations of those doing the trafficking, where people and things are being moved to, how the trafficking occurs, and what actions are being taken in an effort to prevent it. An appendix of primary documents, interesting sidebars, a bibliography, and a glossary listing key terms and important organizations round out the work.


  • Provides a comprehensive look at the geography of trafficking as a whole that highlights how different kinds of trafficking are often related
  • Supplies a much-needed reference book on a topic that is of perennial interest and often mentioned in media
  • Includes an appendix of primary documents that includes excerpts from anti-trafficking acts and policies, declarations, human rights campaigns, and other important sources, each with an introduction
Fred M. Shelley is professor of geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. His published work includes ABC-CLIO's Nation Shapes: The Story behind the World's Borders and The World's Population: An Encyclopedia of Critical Issues, Crises, and Ever-Growing Countries. He is also the author of numerous other books and journal articles on geography and the world economy, political and economic geography, geography of elections, and related topics.

Reagan Metz is majoring in environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma (OU), where she has played important leadership roles in several organizations. These include OU Green Week, a program to promote environmental awareness; Camp Crimson, a mentoring program by which incoming freshmen become acquainted with the University; and the OU Crimson Club, a program in which outstanding undergraduate students represent the University formally at public events. After graduation, Metz will attend law school with a focus on environmental law.
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