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8 years ago
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Welcome to our Library.

Here you will find a variety of texts, books, articles, etc., all related to the Human Trafficking cause.

Feel free to share your own favorites.

8 years ago


ISBN: 9780750254359 - Human Trafficking  


Global Issues: Human Trafficking considers the definition of human trafficking, its history and its causes, including a case study of gangmaster Lin Liang Ren, convicted in the Morecambe Bay cockle picker case. The impact of human traffiking, the various responses to it, and human trafficking in the media are also taken into account.

8 years ago


As good a summary as is currently available on the nefarious and complex ties between the illegal trafficking of drugs, arms and humans. The author writes in crisp, clean prose and doesn't linger on salacious or disgusting facts. This is the place to start for a thorough, global understanding of these crimes that make up the Top Three of illegal traffic--resulting in tens of billions of dollars worldwide. The author's ultimate conclusions are a bit tepid, but that is not his strength. Summary, shaving away the extra and keeping all that is informative and essential--in this area, the book excels.

8 years ago


Inside the New Global Sex Trade offers a desperate truth about the victims, their experiences, dark and ugly. Not an easy book to read, but an essential part of understanding the human cost of human trafficking.

8 years ago

Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives


There are many dimensions to the transport of people across international borders. Global Human Smuggling provide a historical and contemporary look at the topic. They start with the traffic of sex slaves in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They focus on topics such as asylum seekers, ill-legal immigration to America from Mexico and Asia. The book also deals with the topics of organized crime. Russian, Chinese and Mexican organized crime units have played parts in transporting humans from one country to anotuehr. The book also deals with the political impact of smuggling people across borders. Countries such as Japan and the United States have been cracking down the use of illegal aliens and both countries have seen xenophobia saying that foreigners are responsible for crime and lowering native wages.

8 years ago

To be a moral witness is perhaps the highest calling of journalism, and in this unforgettable, highly readable account of contemporary slavery, author Benjamin Skinner travels around the globe to personally tell stories that need to be told -- and heard.

As Samantha Power and Philip Gourevitch did for genocide, Skinner has now done for modern-day slavery. With years of reporting in such places as Haiti, Sudan, India, Eastern Europe, The Netherlands, and, yes, even suburban America, he has produced a vivid testament and moving reportage on one of the great evils of our time.

There are more slaves in the world today than at any time in history. After spending four years visiting a dozen countries where slavery flourishes, Skinner tells the story, in gripping narrative style, of individuals who live in slavery, those who have escaped from bondage, those who own or traffic in slaves, and the mixed political motives of those who seek to combat the crime.

Skinner infiltrates trafficking networks and slave sales on five continents, exposing a modern flesh trade never before portrayed in such proximity. From mega-harems in Dubai to illicit brothels in Bucharest, from slave quarries in India to child markets in Haiti, he explores the underside of a world we scarcely recognize as our own and lays bare a parallel universe where human beings are bought, sold, used, and discarded. He travels from the White House to war zones and immerses us in the political and flesh-and-blood battles on the front lines of the unheralded new abolitionist movement.

At the heart of the story are the slaves themselves. Their stories are heartbreaking but, in the midst of tragedy, readers discover a quiet dignity that leads some slaves to resist and aspire to freedom. Despite being abandoned by the international community, despite suffering a crime so monstrous as to strip their awareness of their own humanity, somehow, some enslaved men regain their dignity, some enslaved women learn to trust men, and some enslaved children manage to be kids. Skinner bears witness for them, and for the millions who are held in the shadows.

8 years ago
Slaves Books

About the author: Dr. Kevin Bales is the world's leading expert on modern slavery.
In his book, “Disposable People,” Kevin introduced the world to the issue of slavery. Kevin Bales' new book, “Ending Slavery” explains how we can eradicate slavery. Forever. For over 13 years Bales has traveled the world researching slavery, consulting with governments, interviewing former slaves and slave holders. He tells the stories of those who cannot speak for themselves. He is president of Free theSlaves

Kevin Bales

8 years ago

A gripping story of a child’s journey through hell and back.

There may be as many as 300,000 child soldiers, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s, in more than fifty conflicts around the world. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. He is one of the first to tell his story in his own words.

In A LONG WAY GONE, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story. At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. Eventually released by the army and sent to a UNICEF rehabilitation center, he struggled to regain his humanity and to reenter the world of civilians, who viewed him with fear and suspicion. This is, at last, a story of redemption and hope.


8 years ago


 This is a wonderful link, for books,etc

8 years ago

Modern Slavery: The Secret World of 27 Million People


This book could not be more important. In a field where reliable statistics are hard to come by, and media coverage is dominated by sensationalist tales, it explains everything that we know at this point about slavery in our world and finally offers a serious examination of a topic that many people have heard about but don't yet understand. Bales, Trodd and Williamson offer brand new research and reliable facts, shattering the myths and sensationalism that tend to surround this topic. Their book paints the total picture, drawing together the myriad details that make up 21st-century slavery, from the lifeworlds of individual slaves to the global economic webs. The book is neither dry nor sensationalized: though it offers reliable, up-to-date information, it is enlivened with examples drawn from their anti-slavery activism and written in a jargon-free style. Even more importantly, it thoroughly illuminates one of our most pressing human rights issues and brings a message of hope and a call to action. Read this book: it will change the way you think about our world.

8 years ago

Thanks for these books Vivien

8 years ago

Thank you Rose for your contribution.


All members welcome to add books relating to HT/slavery!!!

8 years ago


In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In The Slave Next Door we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight.

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8 years ago

In Ending Slavery, How We Free Today's Slaves,  Dr. Kevin Bales presents a revolutionary idea: We can end slavery. This new book is the first ever plan to end slavery. Forever. The President of FTS recounts his 15 year personal journey in search of real world solutions and explains how everyone has a role to play in ending slavery.  The book is laced with stories from the frontlines of slavery, lessons learned, successes and failures and a clear direction to eradicating human trafficking and slavery
8 years ago

Rebuilding Lives: An Introduction to Promising Practices in the Rehabilitation of Freed Slaves

NEW: This manual provides practical suggestions for all aspects of helping former slaves to recover.  It is written as a simple tool for frontline anti-slavery workers who want to start new programs for freed slaves, improve their existing work, or show funders the types of assistance that are needed.  The manual was written for Free the Slaves by Helen Armstrong, drawing on the experience of rehabilitation programs around the world.  60 pages.

8 years ago

This award-winning book lifts the lid on slavery’s role in our lives.  Kevin Bales brings to light the shocking fact of modern slavery and described how, nearly two hundred years after the slave trade was abolished (legal slavery would have to wait another fifty years), global slavery stubbornly persists.
8 years ago

Free the Slaves President Kevin Bales has teamed up with Zoe Trodd of Harvard to publish To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today's Slaves (Cornell U. Press). The book contains ninety-five new narratives by slaves and former slaves from around the globe.

Told in the words of slaves themselves, the narratives movingly and eloquently chronicle the horrors of contemporary slavery, the process of becoming free, and the challenges faced by former slaves as they build a life in freedom. An editors' introduction lays out the historical, economic, and political background to modern slavery, the literary tradition of the slave narrative, and a variety of ways we can all help end slavery today. Just as slavery isn't over, neither is the will to achieve freedom, "plead" the cause of liberation, and advocate abolition. Putting the slave's voice back at the heart of the abolitionist movement, To Plead Our Own Cause gives occasion for both action and hope.
8 years ago

  Description: This booklet explains slavery and trafficking, in the US and around the world. There are stories of survivors and of their rescuers, an overview of actions the government is taking to end the exploitation and a detailed list of practical steps you can take to fight this human rights violation.

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick and other Free the Slaves staffers created the community members' guide as a wonderful introduction to the issue for those who might be interested, if only they were given a booklet that summed up both the problem and the solution.  PRICE DROPS AT OVER 25, 50, or 100 UNITS





RE: The last 6 postings
8 years ago

The award-winning books  written by Kevin Bales, Founder and President of Free the Slaves. Each one documents slavery in its different forms around the world.


Rebuilding Lives, the manual was written for Free the Slaves by Helen Armstrong.


Slavery still Exists is a brochure written by Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick and other Free the Slaves staffers created the community members' guide as a wonderful introduction to the subject.


These books can be purchased at

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In this book, Kara provides a riveting account of his journey into this unconscionable industry, sharing the moving stories of its victims and revealing the shocking conditions of their exploitation. He draws on his background in finance, economics, and law to provide the first ever business analysis of contemporary slavery worldwide, focusing on its most profitable and barbaric form: sex trafficking. Kara describes the local factors and global economic forces that gave rise to this and other forms of modern slavery over the past two decades and quantifies, for the first time, the size, growth, and profitability of each industry. Finally, he identifies the sectors of the sex trafficking industry that would be hardest hit by specifically designed interventions and recommends the specific legal, tactical, and policy measures that would target these vulnerable sectors and help to abolish this form of slavery, once and for all.

The author will donate a portion of the proceeds of this book to the anti-slavery organization, Free the Slaves.

If you want to buy this book, click here.

8 years ago

Human Trafficking


Human Trafficking" provides a critical engagement with the key debates on human trade. It addresses the subject within the broader context of global crime and the internationalisation of crime control. The book takes a broadly discursive approach and draws on historical, comparative as well as the latest empirical material to illustrate and inform the discussion of the major trends in human trafficking. The book helps to develop fresh theoretical insights into globalisation, exclusion and governance, and identifies a new research agenda that will ensure the book is of interest to advanced level students as well as academic scholars.The key features includes: historical, conceptual and methodological approaches to the examination of humantrafficking; comparisons of specific key regional case studies including Asia and Eastern Europe; and analysis of how human trafiicking is governed and controlled.

8 years ago

We learn from Dawn Worswick in our Freedom to the Slaves thread.

She is a survivor of Human Trafficking, and she wrote a book to share her story:



As someone who learned about the subject of human trafficking in an academic setting, I can tell you what human trafficking is and how several social factors are contributing to such evil phenomenon in the different societies around the world. But, neither researcher, like I, nor scholars can explain the emotion and psychological ups and downs that the victims have to unjustifiably endure under the oppression of the traffickers. In this regard, Dawn's work is an excellent tool to help anyone understand human trafficking from someone who has witnessed the phenomenon at first hand. It is not only easy to read but also relatable to any readers even if they are unfamiliar with the exploitation prevalent in sex industry and human trafficking in the United States before hand. (Youngbee Dale).

I donate $2 a book to the SAGE Project to help support the people there and the work they so lovingly do. When someone buys my book, he or she will be donating $2 to contribute to the organization's work as well. (D.Worswick)

You can buy this book here.

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8 years ago



I have just ordered this book online

8 years ago

Thanks Rose, for sharing.


If anyone is interested on buying that book, go to the site by clicking here .

8 years ago

Book Review: Slavery by Another Name


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Follow PA on Twitter Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
by Douglas A. Blackmon
New York, Anchor Books, 2009

Slavery didn't end with the surrender of Confederate forces in 1865. In his recent Pullitzer Prize-winning book, Wall Street Journal reporter Douglas A. Blackmon writes, "the great record of forced labor across the South [after the Civil War] demands that any consideration of the progress of civil rights remedy in the United States must acknowledge that slavery, real slavery, didn't end until 1945." In his readable, well-researched, and ground-breaking book, Blackmon shows how practices that let local police to arrest, imprison and sell African Americans into forced labor allowed manufacturing, mining, railroad, agribusiness, and financ
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onday, August 16, 2010
Slavery Today, written by Kevin Bales and Becky Cornell. Groundwood, 2008. $11.00 ages 13 and up

"All of us support and profit from slavery in some way, even if we don’t mean to or don’t realize it. The phenomenon of globalization means that the goods we buy are increasingly assembled in different parts of the world, using components from all over the world … Some of the steel in your car may have been made using pig iron or charcoal that was produced by slaves in Brazil. Similarly, a handful of the sugar in the jar at home may have come from sugar cane harvested by slaves in the Dominican Republic. Slavery infiltrates our lives through increasingly global markets.

Slavery surrounds us. It is a twenty-first century problem."

We can't hide our heads in the sand and pretend our lives are not affected by slavery somewhere in the world. This book makes it very clear in easily read (while not easily digested) text that slavery exists for field hands, garment workers, prostitutes, domestics through all corners of the world. We are not immune to it.

Slavery is hard to find because it is illegal, and so is forced to the underbelly of society. It is more prevalent where governments are ineffective, due to war, corruption and poverty. It is not the same kind of slavery of past centuries, when people were bought and sold under a nation's laws to work farms and plantations for the benefit of their owners. There is no nation in the world today that allows slavery...that is the law. But, there is slavery everywhere. While historically, slavery had to do with racism...whites owning blacks, today slaves are cheaper than they have ever been and they are likely to be owned by people of their own culture in their own nations.

It is disheartening to know that no matter how we feel about it, there is little we can do. If we decide not to buy certain products from around the world, it has little effect on enslaved people. Their numbers are relatively small. However, it can cause untold hardship for the farmers who are just doing their job and trying to do it to the best of their ability. When we stop buying their products, their livelihood is gone and now they are unable to support themselves and their families. If those who have slaves cannot make a profit one way, they will find another.

We can lobby governments and do our small part to help organizations that work toward freedom for all slaves. More importantly, we can share books such as this one with our teenagers, giving them the opportunity to listen and to talk about what these authors have to share with us. The more we know, the better able we are to have opinions and to think about solutions that might be workable from our own perspective. Slavery is a huge global issue; as with so many other atrocities, we can start small, in our little corner of the world by informing ourselves and working to find solutions one step at a time.

I think this would be a great book to share in middle and high school classrooms to bring awareness and a sense of outrage, while also encouraging people to work together for the the greater good. The writing is conversational and there are personal stories that will resonate with readers and listeners. As hard as it is to learn so much about slavery in the world today, I think we are better for it.
8 years ago

Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective is a forthcoming title from Cambridge University Press. (See also Amazon's description.) The author, Louise Shelley, "examines all forms of human trafficking globally, revealing the operations of the trafficking business and the nature of the traffickers themselves. Using a historical and comparative perspective, it demonstrates that there is more than one business model of human trafficking and that there are enormous variations in human trafficking in different regions of the world."


8 years ago

History professor Eric Jones publishes new book on women, slavery in colonial Dutch Asia

Eric Jones book coverNIU history professor Eric Jones has a written a new book that explores the development of modern social and legal relationships of Asian women in the Dutch colony of Batavia-Jakarta, modern-day Indonesia.

Jones will deliver a talk on the book – titled “Wives, Slaves, and Concubines: A History of the Female Underclass in Dutch Asia” (Northern Illinois University Press) – at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Center for Black Studies, 600 Lincoln Terrace Drive.

Professor Michael Laffan, a specialist in Southeast Asian history at Princeton University, will provide comments on the book at the reception.

The book argues that Dutch colonial practices and law created a new set of social and economic divisions in Batavia-Jakarta, modern-day Indonesia, to deal with difficult realities in Southeast Asia.

Jones uses compelling stories from ordinary Asian women to explore the profound structural changes occurring at the end of the early colonial period—changes that helped birth the modern world order.

Based on previously untapped criminal proceedings and testimonies by women who appeared before the Dutch East India Company’s Court of Alderman, this fascinating study details the ways in which demographic and economic realities transformed the social and legal landscape of 18th-century Batavia-Jakarta.

The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade
8 years ago

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Award-winning Canadian journalist Malarek reports on the most recent wave in the global sex trade, sparked by the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. According to the U.S. State Department, at least 800,000-900,000 impoverished young women, many of them orphans, from Eastern and Central Europe, are lured with promises of jobs as waitresses, nannies or maids in Western Europe or North America. Instead, they find themselves imprisoned in apartments, massage parlors or brothels in countries ranging from South Korea, Bosnia and Japan to Israel and Germany. With "ruthless efficiency," in the words of one European official, Russian and other organized crime syndicates control this human trade, which offers high profits with little risk of interference thanks to "complacency, complicity, and corruption" on the part of national governments and law enforcement. One of the more horrific examples Malarek offers involves sex slaves in Bosnia who serviced NATO and UN peacekeepers after the war in 1995. Malarek recounts the affecting first-person stories of numerous victims. The author has excellent research skills and clearly makes his case with the hope of creating enough outrage to stop this traffic in women. However, his hyperbolic, tabloid style of writing is distracting. The facts are horrendous enough to speak for themselves. Agent, Bruce Westwood. 20,000 first printing. (Sept.)

The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It
8 years ago

The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It


Following up on his scathing indictment of the international sexual enslavement of women in The Natashas, investigative journalist Victor Malarek lays bare the other side of the crisis—the men who fuel the demand.

Each year more than 800,000 women and children are lured, tricked or forced into prostitution to meet an apparently insatiable demand, joining an estimated 10 million women already ensnared in the $20 billion worldwide sex trade.

To date, most research on the subject has focused on the various issues that propel these women into the trade, but little has been investigated, or written, about those who trigger the demand—the “Johns.” In this hard-hitting exposé, Malarek unmasks the kind ofmen—and organizations—that foster and drive the sex trade, from America to Europe, Brazil to Thailand, Phnom Penh to St. Petersburg and Costa Rica. The Johns is a chilling look into a dark corner of the world that these men have created at the expense of countless women and children.

8 years ago
It's rare that a fiction book captures the essence of a complex, heavy issue like human trafficking or forced labor. It's even rarer when that fiction book is written for young adults. Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy isn't about modern-day slavery per se, but it envisions a world where a small, wealthy elite profit from the exploitation of the masses. It's a world not entirely unlike the real one.

The final book of The Hunger Games was only released a few weeks ago, so this review will be spoiler-free. For those who aren't familiar, the story is set in an America far into the future, which has suffered from some sort of major, society-destroying disaster. In its wake, a country called Panem with a powerful Capitol and 12 outlying districts rose up. But the Capitol acts as an abusive autocrat and rules the districts with an iron fist. To show their power, the central government forces each district to send two teenagers to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a live televised fight to the death. The series revolves around 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen who is sent to the Hunger Games and the events which follow.

In Panem, there are modern-day slaves — men and women called Avoxes who have had their tongues ripped out by the Capitol and are forced to serve the wealthy. But the vast majority of people in Panem are also exploited. They are forced to labor for the Capitol, doing everything from mining coal to making luxury goods, and in return receive food that in most cases can't feed their families. They are trapped by a combination of fences, fear, and entrenched hopelessness. And every year they are psychologically tortured by watching their children fight to the death in the Hunger Games.

The techniques the Capitol uses to oppress its people are not unlike those traffickers use to keep their victims from leaving, whether they control one girl or thousands of factory workers. Traffickers instill feelings of hopelessness and fear in victims, isolate them from communicating with others, and often make sure they don't have enough to eat. And just like the clueless citizens of Collins' Capitol ravenously consume the goods made by the populace and giddily watch them fight on television, so are we in the real world often clueless about how the items we buy are made. We watch women smile on stage at strip clubs and assume they're free to be there. And we too rarely wonder why we have such bounty and others, so little.

Collins may have imagined a distopic future where war and cruelty reign, but the social dynamics in it are reflective of the world today. And while The Hunger Games is about love, war, growing up, feeling powerless, and becoming powerful, it's also about what happens when a few rich people exploit the labor of a mass of poor ones for a long time. And I know I promised no spoilers, so I'll just say it that might not work out too well for the rich.

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Amanda Kloer has been a full-time abolitionist for six years. She currently develops trainings and educational materials for civil attorneys representing victims of human trafficking and gender-based violence.

8 years ago

Borderland: A Comic Book About Human Trafficking


Borderland comic tells seven stories of human trafficking survivors.


'We would like to create and publish a 36 page comic book about human trafficking based on real events set around the world. From a pastry maker in Warsaw to a waitress in Istanbul, the underground world of human trafficking is deep and dark, yet touches almost all'.


Borderland Comic


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8 years ago

Be the Change: Your Guide to Freeing Slaves and Changing the World (Invert) - Zach Hunter



From the Back Cover - Most people think the average teenager isn't capable of much beyond hanging with their friends and wasting time. But Zach Hunter isn't your average teenager. And he's hoping to show you that you're not either. Zach has been trying to end slavery around the globe. Most people (maybe even you) think that slavery has been over for a long time. But sadly, there are more people bound in slavery now than at any of the times we read about in our history books. Now Zach is working to end slavery and free the men, women, and children who are being held against their will. He's even found some friends in the fight, including Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Leeland Mooring of Leeland. Just look around the world and on the news and you'll find that there are plenty of things wrong with our planet---homelessness, hunger, global warming, AIDS...the list goes on and on. And we usually look at these problems and decide they're too big for us to do anything about. But Zach is proving that one person can make a difference. And in his book, he'll reveal the elements needed to make amazing changes in your world. In the end, he hopes you'll find the thing you're passionate about---and start making changes! 


Want to buy this book? Click here.

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8 years ago
Prostitution and Human Trafficking: Focus on Clients [Kindle Edition] - Andrea De Nicola, Andrea Caudro, Marco Lombardi, and Paolo Ruspini




From the Back Cover -

While the trafficking of women for prostitution has been the subject of numerous studies, Prostitution and Human Trafficking is the first book to focus on demand as a key factor in the equation. In order to do this, the editors adopted a double approach: on the one hand, a "virtual ethnography" was developed that focused on the analysis of specialized forums on the web and that used an anonymous internet questionnaire as interview method. On the other, fieldwork allowed national research teams to collect interviews and data from likely clients of trafficked prostitutes, prostitutes themselves, from police officers involved and from national experts.

Who is the client of trafficked prostitution? What fuels the demand for trafficked prostitution as opposed to other forms? Which are the most effective policies for what type of prostitution? The research in this book aims to answer these questions with an innovative approach. The editors have explored the hidden world of human trafficking for prostitution and profiled its clients. In doing so, they have refuted some common stereotypes about clients while inspiring the elaboration of balanced guidelines for managing prostitution, protecting the victims and thus tackling its undesired trafficking component.

Prostitution and Human Trafficking is highly recommended for researchers in the fields of criminology, sociology and law as well as for the law enforcement and legal communities. The book is also recommended for organizations and policymakers involved in fighting organized crime in general and human trafficking in particular.


Wan to buy this book? Click here.

Thank you for your suggestions
8 years ago

Thanks, everyone for all these books! I have been wanting to do more research about human trafficking and these suggestions seem terrific. I have read Disposable People, Half the Sky and a Crime so Monstrous. I have been researching the sex trade, and running into books and sites which justify the practice so I can get all sides of the story. Would it be acceptable to the group if I share the titles of books I read in this research? Thanks a lot for your input!

8 years ago

Jessica You would be very welcome to share the title of books you read  we would be delighted Everyone is welcome to post recommendation etc.

For members who have not read "To Plead Our own Cause"  you might be interested to see our reviews in the thread  Book Club - Book of the Month.




8 years ago

 Please do Jessica

8 years ago

"Callgirl" by Jeannette Angell

A memoir and social commentary by a former escort. Angell gives a feminist perspective of what it was like to be in the escort business in 1990's Boston. She was compelled to enter the industry after she was bankrupted by a former boyfriend. The author tries to straddle the line of objective anthropologist in this book, but as an escort herself cannot help but show her own feelings which actually gives more strength to the book. Perhaps what is most ominous about this book is that it is a "best case" scenario: Angell voluntarily entered the industry, she was not addicted, she was a highly educated professional, and she was never abused at the hands of her "handlers". And yet, it still shows that there is a dark side to what may appear those uninformed as a "glamorous" profession: high end escort and callgirl.

8 years ago

Thank you Jennifer for this summary of "Callgirl" by Jeanette Angell. This memoir, wriitten by a women who voluntarily choose to become an escort may serve as a warning to other girls and women who may be tempted into this industry.


7 years ago

Thanks Jessica.

If anyone is interested on buying the book that Jessica commented a couple of posts above, follow this link to go to Amazon.


7 years ago

Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful books! Looks like I've a lot of interesting reading to do. This would be great reading in college and high school classrooms (but unfortunately weren't on any of my syllabi!)...

7 years ago

Hi everyone,

I just looked through a book regarding teens and prostitution:

"Drugs, Runaways and Teen Prostitution" by Clare Tattersall

The book is from 1999, so I don't know how updated its resource section is. It is geared towards a teen audience informing them of the dangers of running away and prostitution. The author gives general advice and overviews to teens thinking life on the street may be more glamorous or more preferable to the life they are living at home. It addresses how both male and female teenager are susceptible and how to avoid slipping into this lifestyle.

Happy Holidays everyone!

7 years ago

Thank you Jessica! I found it on Amazon, .

Members, follow this link if you want to buy this book.

7 years ago





Traffik [Hardcover] Norman Jean Roy (Author), Kevin Bales (Contributor)

"Another very well done book by writers and photographers that work with Somaly Mam in Cambodia and are committed to this issue and in helping Cambodia heal as a nation. Here is a youtube video about the work of these photographers/authors with Somaly Mam "The Road to Traffik":"
A Listmania! list by Nissa "dancing mother" (Canada)

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7 years ago
The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships [Paperback]

"Another book that may help survivors to heal and allies to understand the way some people cope with trauma by becoming bonded to the abusers."
A Listmania! list by Nissa "dancing mother" (Canada)
7 years ago

Invisible Girls  (Paperback)

Product Description
The statistics are staggering.

One in four girls will experience sexual abuse by the time she is sixteen, and 48 percent of all rapes involve a young woman under the age of eighteen. It’s not surprising then, that in a society where sexual abuse of young women is rampant, many women never share their stories. They remain hidden and invisible.

In her pioneering work with young survivors through the last thirty years, Dr. Patti Feuereisen has helped teen girls and young women to find their voices, begin healing, and become visible.

In this revised second edition, Dr. Patti’s gentle guidance and the girls’ powerful stories continue to create an encouraging message: Remarkable healing is possible if girls learn to share their stories in their teens and early twenties. With a new introduction, new chapters, and updated resources, this new edition of Invisible Girls has even more to offer girls, young women, and those who care about them.


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7 years ago

             1Slave Hunter: One Man's Global Quest to Free Victims of Human Trafficking.

From living the rock star life to wading through the world's war zones, refugee camps, and brothels, Aaron Cohen left behind his closest friends, his dying father, and his partnership with a legendary musician to take on treacherous rescue missions in search of modern-day slaves.



In a remarkable exposé of a sinister trade most of us will never experience first-hand, rocker-turned-antislavery activist Aaron Cohen reveals the fast-paced, timely, inspiring, and unforgettable story of a real life Slave Hunter.


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a novel!
7 years ago


This last disturbing definition was the inspiration for the provocative title of Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s historical novel, Wench. The term, the author explains, was often used in reward posters to refer to fugitive female slaves. Implicitly, the label also perpetuated the antebellum stereotype of black women as hyper-sexualized seductresses...


gracias por este tema (topic)!


7 years ago
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Cross posted for Alicia



- 1483 days ago -

the aim of this book is to inform, to shock and to join the voices saying 'Enough!' Sexual violence against women and girls does not have to be an inevitable consequence of war.

7 years ago

Esclavas del Poder (Slaves of Power - A Journey to the Heart of World Sex Traffiking of Women and Girls -Spanish Edition) by Lydia Cacho.





This investigative report provides personal accounts as told to the author by women and children who survived being sold by international trafficking networks (from prostitution to child pornography). Through concrete cases and moving stories, the author follows clues that lead her to the doorstep of human trafficking networks. Her investigation does not stop there, though; she finds the public officials dedicated to protecting such criminal networks and unveils the companies that facilitate money laundering and protect criminal organizations that traffic in women and children, even visiting brothels and bars getting to know the women she will interview.

-Emily Robledo


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7 years ago

Sex Trafficking: international context and response






This book examines how sex trafficking has been mobilized within anti-trafficking policies across the globe and offers a close examination of the dominant international framework, drawing upon a rich and diverse set of case studies: Australia, Serbia and Thailand. This analysis draws upon over 100 interviews with trafficking 'experts' across the three nations-including policymakers, police, immigration authorities, socialworkers, lawyers, UN agencies, local and international NGOs, activists. Critically, it also draws upon the voices of women who have been trafficked.

7 years ago

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself





Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself
by Racel Lloyd

A deeply moving story by a survivor of the commercial sex industry who has devoted her career to activism and helping other young girls escape "the life"

7 years ago

The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice



olkovac, who worked as part of the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia in the late 1990s, provides yet another perspective on why private military contracting has encroached on U.S. foreign policy, threatening our image, national security, and the lives of those we are supposed to be protecting. A police officer turned human rights investigator, she worked at uncovering international sex trafficking and cover-ups by her bosses at DynCorp International, which led to her firing, a mad rush across the border, and a subsequent wrongful termination lawsuit in which she was victorious and became the self-described poster girl for everything wrong about security-for-hire. Most galling is the sad truth that DynCorp answered to no law, nor to the military, the U.S., or the Bosnians. The criminality, including rape and murder, committed by corporate military contractors has proliferated in the past decade, and Bolkovac’s cautionary tale ends on the sourest of notes. DynCorp won another federal contract on the heels of her lawsuit, and no one was prosecuted for crimes against the women whose lives she struggled to save. Infuriating and heartbreaking. --Colleen Mondor

7 years ago

Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery


An excerpt from the foreword to Enslaved

Written by Gloria Steinem

In the past, the global slave trade was justified by a belief that some human beings were lower life forms, thus could and even should be owned and protected by the more evolved. These popular and respected arguments were grounded in everything from the right to private property to pseudo-science of craniology and the slavery references in the Bible and Koran.

Now, the enslavement of many more human beings is justified by the argument that subsistence is better than nothing; or by generations of slavery that make it seem inevitable; or the notion that sex traffickers are just “facilitating migration” for women who have “chosen” to do a kind of “sex work” from which only pimps profit; or, in the case of children, by the excuse that their families would have been unable to support them anyway. And then there are the dictators who promote or tolerate slavery without fear of being held accountable.

We can begin to see through the justifications if we use empathy. Even minor changes in language affect consciousness, as when we are careful to speak of &ldquorostituted women and children” instead of labeling them &ldquorostitutes,” or when we make the process visible by saying &ldquoeople who have been trafficked or enslaved.”

We can undermined the system of slavery itself by refusing to buy goods whose provenance we don't know; by supporting strong laws that target the slave trade and those who profit from the prostitution of others; by prosecuting even well-to-do and respectable customers who patronize sex slaves; by becoming aware of and willing to report the cyber-auctioning of human beings on the Internet; by spotlighting the sex industry role played by U.S. military bases, United Nations peace-keepers, and tourist agencies; by challenging the dictators who use slavery as a means for control and ethnic cleansing; by supporting anti-slavery activists working in the face of government repression; by offering escape and safe haven to those who have been enslaved; by refusing to excuse slavery in the name of “cultural relativism”; by following our sense of empathy to what free will really means – and so much more.

But first, we must learn to recognize slavery when we see it. Just as we didn't understand the prevalence of child abuse or sexual assault until we listened to people who had survived it and learned to recognize the patterns of slavery.

Listen to the voices of these survivors. They came from the darkness to bring us light. It's up to us to open our eyes.

7 years ago

Escape from Slavery

"Run!" yelled Nyabol. "Leave your things and run!"

I raced from the marketplace -- and right into a huge horse with a militiaman pointing a gun at me. I stopped; I could not move. The thing that scared me most was a big horse, and here was the biggest horse I had ever seen standing in front of me like a wall topped by a man with a rifle screaming at me in a language I could not understand.

My heart was trying to leap from my body.

Someone grabbed me from behind...

Step into the life of Francis Bok - as a seven-year-old in Sudan, Bok was abducted by Arab militamen and held for ten years as a slave. By day, his master beat him and called him an animal. At night, he would lie awake wondering who would come rescue him.

After a daring escape in 1996, Bok made his way to America and joined the anti-slavery movement. Today, he speaks to audiences across the country about his experience.

In his groundbreaking autobiography, Escape from Slavery, Bok recounts in vivid detail the terror of the slave raid, his ten nightmarish years in bondage, and his journey to freedom in America.

Purchase a copy of Escape from Slavery and a portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting Francis and the American Anti-Slavery Group's efforts to raise awareness of the ongoing slavery and genocide in Sudan.

Supplemental Curriculum for Escape From Slavery

In Los Angeles, CA, Francis Bok’s slave narrative Escape from Slavery has been made required reading for the entire junior class for 2006. St. Martin’s Press, the book’s publisher, has made a teachers’ guide (PDF) to accompany it, which is divided into two sections. The first, entitled “Reading and Understanding the Book,” focuses on reading comprehension, conceptual discussion, and context interpretation. The second, “Questions and Exercises for the Class,” encourages students to engage with the subject matter broadly and associatively, working alone and in groups. A brief, final section offers suggestions for further study.

7 years ago

Author Interview: Gathering the Indigo Maidens.


7 years ago

Book Release: Radhika’s Story

A new book gives a fascinating account into the shocking realities of human trafficking and a truly inspirational story of an incredibly brave woman.

A seemingly innocent sip of Coca-Cola, drunk by a starving and desperately thirsty 16-year-old girl led to the first of Radhika Phuyal’s trafficking experiences. Drugged, Radhika woke up hours later, in great pain, only to discover that her kidney had been removed and sold to the highest bidder. She was married by force but tried to make the best of her situation. She had a much-loved son, but Rohan’s birth signified the next harrowing episode in Radhika’s life – she was trafficked again.

Living in India, separated from her son and forced to have sex with up to 25 men a day, Radhika was desperate to be reunited with her child and fought against all odds. She found the strength to escape her horrific life and rescue her son and finally find sanctuary in a refuge set up to help survivors of trafficking.

Showing incredible bravery, she fought on, eventually seeing justice served 4 months ago, when her traffickers were jailed. Journalist Sharon Hendry tells Radhika’s horrifying but incredibly inspiring story- to be released on 1st Novermber, 2010. She also highlights the pervasive nature of human trafficking in the 21st century.

The book is also forwarded by Joanna Lumley, who is Goodwill Ambassador of the Maiti Nepal, the refuge Radhika and Rohan now call home. 

7 years ago

Cross posting for An!

I just had to post this review here of this creepy book. 
Misleading title, February 2, 2010

"First of all I found only a speck of learning about Asian culture here. The title is misleading because it states Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines. The only place in the book that mentions the Philippines is that the author has a girlfriend there. The book has 3 sections. Thailand, Cambodia & back to Thailand. He doesn't mention that most of the girl's in the massage parlors ( as opposed to bars ) are held against their will. That their parents have sold them into prostitution. Maybe he is not aware of it, I don't know.

7 years ago

THank you Vivien and An


7 years ago

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A book that adds nuance to information on trafficking and organised crime.

Human trafficking is the dark side of migration. Rising global inequalities, visible in gaping wage differentials, together with easier transport and communication technologies, have turned people-smuggling for the purpose of labour exploitation into a thriving business. 

Just how big a business it is eludes statisticians, law-enforcement officials and researchers. But the difficulty, as the introduction to “Human trafficking in Europe” makes clear, goes beyond the nature of trafficking as a clandestine activity. There is no generally accepted definition of the crime; no standardised collection of data, even within the EU; and vocal disagreements about who should be defined as a victim, primarily between civil-society groups providing assistance and national authorities.

Gillian Wylie and Penelope McRedmond, the editors of this collection, are careful to acknowledge these difficulties upfront. They also explore the reasons behind the lack of hard data, and, in the conclusion to this volume, return to the importance of numbers as a driver of policy responses.

Their openness about the prejudices that inform much scholarship on trafficking – including, to an extent, their own – is refreshing. Traditionally, researchers of trafficking have tended to see themselves as advocates of helpless victims, have been close to non-governmental groups and have therefore had an interest in playing up the numbers, although the quality of research has improved with maturity.

The editors also concede that, in line with most research and public interest, the book's empirical chapters are “skewed towards...trafficking in women for sexual exploitation”, when, actually, a significant share of trafficking, perhaps in the order of around one-third, takes place for the purpose of other forms of forced labour.

Nevertheless, these empirical chapters – on Russia and Ukraine, Albania and Moldova, and, on the demand side, the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Germany and Ireland – add nuance to our understanding of trafficking, and remind us of the horrific crimes that often accompany trafficking.

What makes this collection more valuable are the conceptual and policy discussions, above all in McRedmond's chapter on trafficking and organised crime. She criticises the tendency – evident in a new EU directive on fighting human trafficking adopted in April, but also in a UN convention whose definitions have informed most other instruments – to describe all forms of trafficking as organised crime. This, she says, obscures the true nature of the crime. More seriously, such sweeping definitions would not appear to have made successful prosecutions easier; they are still far below even the lowest estimates of human trafficking in Europe.


Editors: Gillian Wylie and Penelope McRedmond (230 pages)

Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. €70.00




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6 years ago

Recommended books on Human Trafficking / Modern Slavery
by Not For Sale Campaign - Denver Chapter on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 3:50am

Not For Sale; Dave Batstone

Disposable People; Kevin Bales

Girls Like Us; Rachel Lloyd

The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today; Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter

The Slave Across the Street; Theresa Flores and PeggySue Wells

Disposable People; Kevin Bales

The Road of Lost Innocence; Somaly Mam

A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery; E. Benjamin Skinner

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves; Kevin Bales

A Long Way Gone: Memories of A Boy Soldier; Ishmael Beah

Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet; Carol Off

Sold; Patricia McCormick

Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery; edited by Jessie Sage and Liora Kasten, forward by Gloria Steneim

Children in the Global Sex Trade; Julia O’Connell Davidson

Woman, Child—For Sale: The New Slave Trade in the 21st Century; Gilbert King

Slave; Mende Nazer

Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity and My Journey to Freedom in America; Francis Bok

To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today’s Slaves; Edited by Kevin Bales and Zoe Trodd

The Road of Lost Innocence; Somaly Mam

Globalization, Prostitution and Sex-Trafficking: Corporeal Politics; Elina Penttinen

Buying Freedom: The Ethics and Economics of Slave Redemption; Kevin Bales

God Grew Tired Of Us: A Memoir; John Bul Dau and Michael Sweeney

Shame of War: Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict; Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy; John Bowe

Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Uganda’s Children; Faith H. McDonnell and Grace Akallo

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves; Adam Hochschild

Compilation of Reports From the Conference on ‘Trafficking of Human Beings and Migration; Anti-Slavery International

Understanding Global Slavery: A Reader; Kevin Bales

Children in the Global Sex Trade; Julia O’Connell Davidson

They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan; Alphonsion Deng, Benson Deng, Benjamin Ajak, and Judy A. Bernstein

Fertile Fields: Trafficking in Persons in Central Asia: A Report; Liz Kelly (International Organization for Migration)

Data and Research on Human Trafficking: A Global Survey; Frank Laczko

The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade; Victor Malarek

Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy; Moises Naim

Children at War; P.W. Singer

Female Genital Mutilation: Legal, Cultural And Medical Issues; Rosemarie Skaine

The Political Economy of New Slavery; Christien van den Anker

What’s Love Got to Do With It Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic; Denise Brennan

Kids As Commodities? Child Trafficking and What To Do About It; Mike Dottridge

In Contempt of Fate; Beatrice Fernando

Prostitution, Trafficking and Traumatic Stress; Melissa Farley

Woman, Child—For Sale: The New Slave Trade in the 21st Century; Gilbert King

Human Traffic: Sex Slaves and Immigration; Craig McGill

Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy; Barbara Ehrebreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild

Trafficking in Persons: Prosecution from an European Perspective; Conny Rijken

Slavery in the Twentieth Century: The Evolution of a Global Problem; Suzanne Miers

Combating Human Trafficking in Asia: A Resource Guide to International and Regional Legal Instruments, Political Commitments and Recommended Practices; United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Gender, Trafficking, and Slavery; Rachel Masika

Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery in the Japanese Military During World War II; Yoshiaki Yoshimi

Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives; David Kyle

Sex Slaves: The Trafficking of Women in Asia; Louise Brown

Sex Tourism: Marginal Peoples and Liminalities; Chris Ryan and C. Michael Hall

Fallen Angels: The Sex Workers of South Asia; edited by John Frederick and Thomas Kelly

Dream Freedom; Sonia Levitin

A Promise to Nadia; Zana Muhsen

Female Genital Mutilation: A Practical Guide to Worldwide Laws & Policies; Anika Rahman and Nahid Toubia

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Youth Involved in Prostitution, Pornography & Sex Trafficking; Laura A. Barnitz

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa; Adam Hochschild

Modern Slavery and the Global Economy (Ideas in Conflict Series); Gary E. McCuen

Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to Middle Class Am

6 years ago

Tara: The Flesh Trade Odyssey: Matthew S. Friedman

The Traffic in Women: Human Realities of the International Sex Trade; Siriporn Skrobanek

Without Mercy; Miriam Ali-Jana Wain

Bitter Winds: A Memoir of My Years in China’s Gulag; Harry Wu

Sold; Zana Mushen

Slavery: A World History; Milton Metzler

Enslaved: The Chilling Modern-Day Story of Abduction and Abuse in the Global Trafficking of Men, Women and Children; Gordon Thomas

Enslaved: Investigation Into Modern-Day Slavery; Gordon Thomas

Sugar and Modern Slavery: A Tale of Two Countries; Roger Plant

Diamantes sangrientos by Greg Campbell
6 years ago


Nueva dirección:
SAPIENCIA ~ 28/02/2008 20:37 ~ Ir a página principal.

20080223213652-diamantes-sangrientos.jpgIsmael Dalramy perdió las manos en 1996 a consecuencia de dos ráidos hachazos. No recordaba -o no podía recordar- el dolor de los hachazos. Pero sí recordaba cómo le ordenaron a punta de pistola que pusiera las muñecas sobre un tocón en el que chorreaba la sangre de sus vecinos, que se retorcían en el suelo a su alrededor tratando de contener la hemorragia de sus brazos, o se alejaban tambaleantes.
Dalramy recuerda también que fue un acto ráido y metódico: la víctima que tenía delante de él en la cola fue ráidamente apartada a patadas, y de repente se encontró frente a un bloque de madera ensangrentado y una banda impaciente de adolescentes armados hasta los dientes ansiosos por acabar con las órdenes del día. No se resistió a sus captores, ni les pidió clemencia. En lugar de ello, se quitó de uno de los dedos de la mano izquierda un tosco anillo de metal que había hecho su hijo, y se lo metió en el bolsillo: una de las últimas cosas que sus manos harían por él.
Hasta aquella mañana, cuando los rebeldes del Frente Revolucionario Unido (FRU) atacaron la ciudad con cohetes y fusiles, precipitándose por las calles en camionetas cuyos techos habían aserrado para convertirlas en vehículos de exterminio, resultaba fácil pensar que habría tiempo suficiente para escapar si surgía la necesidad de hacerlo. La húmeda ciudad selvática de Koidu, donde vivía la familia de Dalramy desde hacía generaciones, constituye uno de los epicentros de la producción de diamantes en bruto de la zona oriental de Sierra Leona. En los meses anteriores al día en que el FRU le amputó las manos a Dalramy, Koidu se había visto rodeada de un número cada vez mayor de fuerzas rebeldes que se arrastraban a través del denso entramado de palmeras y bananos de la jungla. Los bandidos del FRU entraban esporádicamente en la ciudad para robar alimentos y provisiones, y para amenazar a sus habitantes, pero un ataque total parecía algo improbable.
Aunque al verla nadie lo diría -Koidu es como muchas ciudades rurales de Sierra Leona, compuesta de chozas de color pardo y calles sin asfaltar de color rojizo-, desde hace tiempo el área que la rodea ha sido fuertemente codiciada en la guerra q
Diamantes sangrientos |Greg Campbell|
Translation of Alicia's Link above.
6 years ago

Blood Diamonds By Greg Campbell

Ismael Dalramy hands lost in 1996 as a result of two fast axes.
Not remember-or could not remember-the pain of the ax. But I remembered how he was ordered at gunpoint to put the dolls on a stump in the blood dripping from their neighbors, who writhed on the ground around trying to stop the bleeding from his arms, or staggering away.

Dalramy recalls that it was a fast and methodical act: the victim had before him in the queue was quickly kicked away, and suddenly faced a bloody wooden block and a band of teenagers eager armed to the teeth forward orders to end the day. He did not resist his captors, nor asked for mercy. Instead, he removed one of the fingers of his left hand a rough metal ring that had made his son, and put it in his pocket: one of the last things your hands would do for him.

Until that morning, when the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) attacked the city with rockets and guns, rushing through the streets in vans whose roofs were sawn to turn them into vehicles of extermination, it was easy to think that there would be time enough to escape if there was the need for it. The humid jungle town of Koidu, where the family lived for generations of Dalramy, is one of the epicenters of the production of rough diamonds from eastern Sierra Leone. In the months preceding the day on which the RUF amputated hands Dalramy, Koidu had been surrounded by a growing number of rebel forces crawling through the dense network of palms and bananas from the jungle. The RUF bandits came sporadically in the city to steal food and supplies, and to threaten its inhabitants, but an all out attack seemed unlikely.

Although no one seeing her would-Koidu is like many rural towns in Sierra Leone, composed of brown huts and unpaved roads of reddish-has long been the surrounding area has been highly coveted in the war since 1991 has torn apart this West African country. Ever since the first British geologists discovered diamonds in the jungles of Sierra Leone in the 1930s, miners have extracted some of the most valuable diamonds in the world of small bogged wells scattered throughout the surrounding jungle. These small fragments of carbon crystals a milky white gemstones become then exhibit the hands, wrists, necks and ears of people around the world, many of which probably have not even heard of Sierra Leone.

6 years ago

Vivien, thank you for the translation of the Campbell's book

6 years ago

The Anti-Slavery Project: From the Slave Trade to Human Trafficking (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights)

6 years ago

'Devil in Disguise' a Page-Turner Spotlighting Human Trafficking

August 07, 2012 --

SAINT LOUIS, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 08/07/12 -- Activist and novelist Heather Huffman ( finds a new twist for an issue close to her heart -- human trafficking -- in her newest novel, "Devil in Disguise."

"Child trafficking, particularly for sexual exploitation, has increased dramatically in the United States over the past 15 years, and the numbers of victims continue to rise each year," she says. "The average age keeps getting younger -- for girls, it's now 12. The rise of the internet is a huge part of the problem, and society is not effectively addressing it.

"In the course of writing my novels, I became aware of the modern-day slavery issue. Now I write to raise awareness. It's a growing problem around the world and it's happening right here in the United States."

In this, Huffman's seventh novel, Rachel Cooper is a reporter who has devoted her life to exposing corruption, leaving little room for a relationship. But she finds it impossible to stop thinking about her unexpected run-in with Conrad Langston, an old flame.

6 years ago

Human Trafficking Handbook - Recognising Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in the UK

Human trafficking, along with arms dealing and the illegal drugs trade, is one of the three largest criminal industries in the world, with an estimated $32 billion in annual profits. According to the International Labour Organization, there are some 12.3 million people in forced labour, bonded labour and commercial sexual servitude at any given time, of whom at least 2.4 million – including nearly 1 million children – will have been trafficked. Human trafficking affects every country in the world and spans all sectors of the economy from brothels to sweatshops, and farms to private homes. The trade of children for illegal adoptions, forced begging and cannabis cultivation generates massive profits for traffickers across Europe.

However, despite global recognition of this horrific phenomenon, trafficking is a highly effective growth industry, and there remains a need for a greater level of understanding about this prolific criminal trade. This unique collection of original essays seeks to meet that need by bringing together for the first time expert perspectives from a wide range of key participants in the struggle against human trafficking in the United Kingdom.

Edited and collated by award-winning human rights barrister Parosha Chandran, this precedent-setting text assembles the views of specialist lawyers, local authorities, doctors, non-governmental organisations, police officers and prosecutors as it surveys the major themes of human trafficking, ranging from domestic servitude to sexual and labour exploitation, and also carefully examines the impact of trafficking upon its victims.
Expert legal and voluntary sector contributors explore and explain the identification, support, protection and compensation of trafficking victims – both adult and child – and law enforcement officials offer an exclusive insight into the investigation and prosecution of traffickers. Dedicated chapters on trafficking in Scotland and Northern Ireland complete a UK-wide examination of the issue.

The Human Trafficking Handbook is an essential anthology of opinion and analysis written by experienced, passionate professionals who play a vital role in today’s fight against modern-day slavery.

"The picture painted by the book illustrates the stark reality that, despite the important advances which have been made in the United Kingdom in recent years, much remains to be done to respond more effectively to the threat and consequences of human trafficking, both of which are still disturbingly real. This excellent Handbook will not only contribute to a better understanding of the challenges presented by human trafficking but it will become an indispensable resource for all concerned with combating this pernicious trade." (Sir Nicolas Bratza, European Court of Human Rights)


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6 years ago
Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British Girl Forced into the Sex Trade.

By Sophie Hayes

He'd been her friend for years. He said he loved her. Then she realised she didn't know him at all! When everything seemed to be falling apart in Sophie's life, she was thankful for her friend Kas, who was always at the end of a phone, ready to listen and to offer comfort and advice. Her father's cold dislike of her and then her parents' divorce had left her with a deep distrust of men. But, gradually, Kas made her believe there was at least one man who truly cared about her. But she was wrong. At first when Sophie went to stay for a few days with Kas in Italy, he was kind and caring, as he'd always been. But three days after she arrived, everything changed. His eyes were cold as he described the things he expected her to do 'for love'. But soon Sophie's bewilderment turned to fear as he punched and shouted at her and threatened to kill her adored younger brothers if she didn't do exactly as she was told!to sell her body on the streets to pay off Kas's debts. Terrified of Kas, the police and the men whose pleasures she was forced to satisfy, Sophie worked seven nights a week for the next six months on the dark and lonely streets of a town in northern Italy. Subjected regularly to Kas's verbal, mental and physical abuse, she knew she would never escape. And then, one day, after she'd been admitted to hospital with stomach pains -- and knowing that Kas would kill her if he found out -- she dared to phone her mother. But who would reach her first?

Book details


HarperCollins Publishers Ltd


A crime So Monsterous
5 years ago

A Crime So Monstrous

A Shocking Exposé of Modern-Day Sex Slavery, Human Trafficking and Urban Child Markets: A Shocking Expose of Modern-day Sex Slavery, Human Trafficking and Urban Child Markets [Paperback]
Aurthor: E. Benjamin Skinner

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5 years ago
Many Canadians think they are far removed from issues like human trafficking and sexual exploitation. This book proves otherwise by explaining exactly how these types of serious human rights violations occur on a day-to-day basis at home and abroad.
Roméo Dallaire, Lieutenant General (ret’d), Senator

Invisible Chains book cover

Invisible Chains is the first book on human trafficking in Canada

Based on three-years of research with police officers, social workers and others on the front-lines, the book seeks to expose the problem, inform Canadians and dramatically improve Canada’s response to this hidden national tragedy.

Award-winning law professor Benjamin Perrin exposes the tactics of ruthless traffickers, shares compassionate stories of survivors, and makes recommendations for government, law enforcement, companies, parents and average Canadians to end modern-day slavery in our country.


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