Thursday, May 14, 2009

Human trafficking and slavery in the USA

In another post, I had written about anti-human trafficking organisation Free the Slaves which is the US Sister organization of Anti-Slavery International, apparently the world’s oldest human rights organization.

Dr Kevin Bales is President of Free the Slaves, and has recently co-written a new book with Ron Soodalter, called "The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today". Dr Bales's 1999 book "Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy" was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and was published in ten other languages.

For this new book, the two men spent last three years delving into slavery across America, "and thinking carefully about how America can fulfill its promise of liberty and become slave free".

Kerry Kennedy (Founder, the Robert Kennedy Center for Human Rights) said of the book:

"Most Americans believe that slavery in our country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. They are wrong. As Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter document in this excellent volume, human bondage is a reality for thousands of children, women, and men living in the United States. The Slave Next Door exposes slavery in today's America in all its forms, and sounds a call to arms to government, corporations, and private citizens alike."

You can read reviews and buy "The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today" here on or here on or here from the University of California Press. If you'd like a 20% off, email me and I will give you the code for

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