The Return of the Global Slave Trade--And How We Can Fight It. In the revised version of this harrowing yet deeply inspirational exposÃ©, award-winning journalist David Batstone (whom Bono calls "a heroic character") provides the most up-to-date information on the $31 billion human trafficking epidemic.
With profiles of twenty-first century abolitionists who are leading the struggle to end this appalling epidemic, Batstone tells readers what they can do to stop the modern slave trade. The author carefully weaves the narratives of activists and those in bondage in a way that not only raises awareness of the modern-day slave trade, but also serves as a call to action.
In 2007, the 200th anniversary of the climax of the 19th century abolitionist movement, the world paid tribute to great visionary figures such as William Wilberforce of the United Kingdom for their remarkable strides toward framing slavery as a moral issue that people of good conscience could not tolerate. This anniversary served not only as a commemorative date for battles won against slavery, but also as a reminder that slavery and bondage still persist in the 21st century.
An estimated 27 million people around the globe suffer in situations of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation from which they cannot free themselves. Trafficking in people has become increasingly transnational in scope and highly lucrative. After illegal drug sales and arms trafficking, human trafficking is today the third most profitable criminal activity in the world.
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I have been working in Relief and Development for 26 years in Asia, particularly in war zones, refugee situations natural disasters, civil unrest and major social issues like trafficking. David Batstone gives a terrible, graphic picture of slavery in the 21st century from just about every continent. It grabs your heart and will not let you go. This issue will require the same kind of perseverance that William Wilberforce overcame in abolishing slavery, changing laws and worldviews in the UK in the 18th century.
We have had the privilege of supporting the work of Pierre and Simonetta Tami and the Hagar Project in Cambodia since its inception. We have seen up close the horror and pain of children as young as 6 years being sold, trafficked and abused. This book tells those stories in graphic, unbelievable detail from countries like Uganda, Thailand and Cambodia. These stories are not about statistics but about people with names and families who have endured hell, been scarred for life or have been killed in the process. You will not believe it, then you will become furious that this is happening today.
It also shows ordinary people that are a voice for the voiceless and are making an incredible, difference. There are just too few of them. Maybe, you will ask yourself, "How do I get involved in this global effort?" This book is a call to action. Don't buy this book unless you are ready for engagement in a loving, compassionate fight against the evils of the 21st century slave trade.
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