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Siddharth Kara is a Fellow with the Carr Center
Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. He is recognized
as an expert on contemporary slavery and is best known for his
award-winning book, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of
Modern Slavery, the first of three books he is writing on the
subjects of human trafficking and contemporary slavery. Sex
Trafficking was named co-winner of the prestigious 2010
Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best
non-fiction book on slavery. The award is generally regarded as the
top prize in the field of slavery scholarship, and Kara's is the
first book on modern slavery to receive the award. In addition to
his books, Kara has authored several academic and law journal
Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995. Subsequently, he has traveled to twenty-five countries across six continents to research these crimes, interviewing over a thousand former and current slaves of all kinds, witnessing firsthand the sale of humans into slavery, and confronting some of those who trafficked and exploited them.
Kara currently advises the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on antislavery research, policy and law. His second book on slavery, Bonded Labor: Inside the System of Slavery in South Asia is scheduled to be published in 2012. Kara is a regular contributor to the CNN Freedom Project, and his ongoing research into slavery around the world has been covered by CNN, the BBC, and CNBC.
Previously, Kara was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, then ran his own finance and M&A consulting firm. He holds a law degree from England, MBA from Columbia University, and BA from Duke University.