Dignity Deferred


Publications by Donna M. Hughes

Trafficking, Slavery, and Sexual Exploitation

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This page includes three sections: 1) research reports, 2) opinion and analysis articles, and 3) transcripts and texts of speeches.

Research Reports

Hiding in Plain Sight: A Practical Guide to Identifying Victims of Trafficking in the United States (246 KB PDF)

"Islamic Fundamentalism and the Sex Slave Trade in Iran," FrontPage Magazine, January 27, 2004 (Published as "Sex Slave Jihad") (16 KB PDF) For references for this article, click here.

"Modern-Day Comfort Women: The U.S. Military, Transnational Crime, and the Trafficking of Women," Violence Against Women (forthcoming) (co-authors Katherine Chon and Derek Ellerman) (78 KB PDF)

"Prostitution Online," Journal of Trauma Practice, Vol. 2, No. 3/4, 2003, pp.115-132  (46 KB PDF)

Trafficking in Women from Ukraine, U.S.-Ukraine Research Partnership, 2002 (Co-author: Tatyana Denisova) (600 KB PDF)

"Supplying Women for the Sex Industry: Trafficking in Women from the Russian Federation," Sexualities in Postcommunism, (Forthcoming)  (67KB PDF)

"The Transnational Political Criminal Nexus of Trafficking in Women from Ukraine," Trends in Organized Crime, Vol. 6, No. 3-4: Spr.-Sum. 2001 (81 KB PDF)

"Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation: The Case of the Russian Federation," Migration Research Series, International Organization for Migration, June 2002 (322KB PDF)

"The Use of New Communication and Information Technologies for the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children," Hastings Women's Law Journal, 2002 (114KB PDF)

The Impact of the Use of New Communications and Information Technologies on Trafficking in Human Beings for Sexual Exploitation, Council of Europe (L’impact de l’utilisation des nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication sur la traite des êtres humains aux fins d’exploitation sexuelle, Conseil de l’Europe)

Final Report, Group of Specialists on the Impact of the Use of New Information Technologies on the Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation, Council of Europe, February, 2003 (99 KB WORD DOC)

"A Study of the Users," May 2001 (486KB PDF)
"Etude sur les utilisateurs," Mai 2001 (622KB PDF)

"Marriage agencies and images," Nov 2001 (378KB PDF)
"Agences matrimoniales et images,} Nov 2001 (
415KB PDF)

"Globalization, Information Technology, and Sexual Exploitation," Rain and Thunder - A Radical Feminist Journal of Discussion and Activism, Issue #13, Winter 2001 (WORD DOC 30KB)

 Sex Trafficking of Women in the United States, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, March 2001 (Co-authors: Janice Raymond and Carol Gomez) (587KB PDF)

"The 'Natasha' Trade: Transnational Sex Trafficking," National Institute of Justice Journal, No. 246, January 2001 (401KB PDF)

"'Welcome to the Rape Camp'--Sexual Exploitation and the Internet in Cambodia," Journal of Sexual Aggression, 2000 (216 KB PDF)

"The "Natasha" Trade: The Transnational Shadow Market of Trafficking in Women," (79KB PDF) Journal of International Affairs, Spring 2000 (Russian  "Торговля “Наташами” - Транснациональный теневой рынок торговли женщинами) (Italian: "Il commercio delle Natasha" 174 KB PDF)

"The Internet and Sex Industries: Partners in Global Sexual Exploitation," Technology and Society Magazine, Spring 2000

Making the Harm Visible - Global Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls - Speaking Out and Providing Services. The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. 1999. (Co-editor: Claire M. Roche)

Pimps and Predators on the Internet - Globalizing the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children. The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. 1999 (With references 1.28MB PDF).

Use of the Internet for Global Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children, 1998 (793KB PDF)

"Trafficking and sexual exploitation on the Internet," Feminista! The Online Journal of Feminist Construction, Vol. 1, No. 8., 1997.

"Sex tours via the Internet." Feminista! The Online Journal of Feminist Construction, Vol. 1, No. 7, 1997.

Opinion and Analysis Articles

"Legalizing Lies," The Prague Post, May 20, 2004 (31 KB PDF)

"Not Unfamiliar: Images of Sexual Abuse and Humiliation in Abu Ghraib," National Review Online, May 6, 2004 (27 KB PDF)

"Feminism in the 21st Century," The Washington Post, February 22, 2004 (Co-author: Phyllis Chesler) (15 KB PDF

"Children in Chains," National Review Online, February 2, 2004 (16 KB PDF)

"Saving Lives," Wall Street Journal - Asia, December 17, 2003 (Published as "Hijacking the Fight Against AIDS") (23 KB PDF)

"Whose Side Are We On? Moscow Duma Protests U.S.-Funded Projects," National Review Online, November 18, 2003 (20 KB PDF)

"A Special Evil," National Review Online, September 26, 2003 (20 KB PDF)

"Lilya-4-Ever," National Review Online, July 8, 2003 (19 KB PDF)

"Nyet to Trafficking," National Review Online, June 18, 2003 (17 KB PDF) In Russian - "Нет Траффику" (33 KB DOC)

"Cat Calls," National Review Online, May 21, 2003 (15 KB PDF)

"Accommodation or Abolition?" National Review Online, May 1, 2003 (17 KB PDF)  

"Aiding and Abetting the Slave Trade," Wall Street Journal - Asia, February 27, 2003 (21 KB PDF)

"The World's Sex Slaves Need Liberation, Not Condoms," The Weekly Standard, February 24, 2003 (17 KB PDF)

"Prostitution in Russia," National Review Online, 21 November 2002 (12KB PDF)  Russian: Про-проституционная мафия в России (12KB PDF)

"Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: No Way to End Sex Trafficking," National Review Online, 9 October 2002 (14KB PDF)

"Legalization would legitimize abuse," Point - Counterpoint Feature "Would Legalizing Prostitution Curb the Trafficking of Women? Transitions – Changes in Post-Communist Societies, January 1998: Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 96-99.

Resolution - Misuse of the Internet for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation. United Nations Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 May 1998.

  See Report of the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1999

Transcripts and Texts of Speeches

Testimony, "Human Trafficking: Mail Order Bride Abuses," Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2004. (187 KB PDF)

"Prostitution: Causes and Solutions," La Prostitucion Feminine: Propuestas e Intervencion (Female Prostitution: Proposals and Interventions) Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, July 1, 2, and 3, 2004 (31 KB PDF)

"The Demand: Where Sex Trafficking Begins,"  A Call to Action: Joining the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Embassy and the Holy See, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, June 17, 2004 (25 KB PDF)

"Towards an Abolitionist Approach to Prostitution and Trafficking," Prostitution and Its Methods of Regulation, Lower House of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Prague, May 31, 2004 (15 KB PDF)

Testimony, "Trafficking of Women and Children in East Asia and Beyond: A Review of U.S. Policy," Subcommittee of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, D.C., April 9, 2003 (17 KB PDF)

"Trafficking of children for prostitution," Protecting Our Children: Working Together to End Child Prostitution, US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,  Washington, D.C., 13 December 2002 (14 KB PDF)

"Modern day slavery" Transcript from On the Line, Voice of America, 29 November 2002 (23 KB PDF)

"The Demand: The Driving Force of Sex Trafficking," The Human Rights Challenge of Globalization in Asia-Pacific-US: The Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Globalization Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa and the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, 14 November 2002 (52 KB DOC)

"The Corruption of Civil Society: Maintaining the Flow of Women to the Sex Industries,"  Encuentro Internacional Sobre Trafico De Mujeres Y Explotacion, Andalusian Women’s Institute, Malaga, Spain, 23 September 2002 (30KB PDF)

"The 2002 Trafficking in Persons Report: Lost Opportunity for Progress," Testimony on "Foreign Government Complicity in Human Trafficking: A Review of the State Department's 2002 Trafficking in Persons Report," U.S. House Committee on International Relations, Washington, D.C., 19 June 2002 (28KB PDF)

Men Create the Demand; Women Are the Supply, November 2000 (Russian Мужчины создают спрос; Женщины являются предложением)  (Spanish  Los hombres generan la demanda; las mujeres son la oferta)