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Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--and How We Can Fight It Paperback – October 12, 2010
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Human trafficking generates $32 billion annually and enslaves over 30 million people, half of them children. Award-winning journalist David Batstone, whom Bono calls "a heroic character," profiles the new generation of abolitionists who are leading the movement. This groundbreaking global report is now updated with the latest findings, new stories, and statistics that highlight what is being done to end this appalling epidemic—and how you can join the movement.
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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 upclose 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.
G. Stephen Goode
Batstone outlines several ways to take action and lists several resources available to all of us. Their lives and our souls are at stake if we don't start making changes and demanding change in others NOW.
There is a chapter on the invisible children in Uganda who are kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to kill the adults in their village. The younger girls are given as wives to the older boys. If you caught trying to escape you are gang murdered. Thank God for the work World Vision and other organizations are doing to rescue them! There are chapters about sex slaves who are transported to America and other countries to be prostitutes. This is a well researched book to a huge problem that must be addressed.
It gives facts, which are not presented in an expoloitative, titillating way, but will still probably "break your heart" too. Besides the facts, there are also actual examples of many of the forms of human trafficking, from the sexual trade to child soldiers, and slave labor. Yes, people are still buying and selling slaves! And, yes, here in the United States, too!
But the best part is that this book gives you examples of people who are finding ways to stop this plague. And, it also gives you resources, such as the names of organizations where you can send donations, and websites that you can contact.
Right now this plague flourishes because it is mostly invisible, even though it is happening all around us. But, once we are informed, we will no longer be blind, and there will be no dark corners where this travesty can exist.
I read this book in one day (yesterday), then today, I ordered 16 more copies, which I am going to distribute in my personal effort to help the world become informed. Obviously, I highly recommend this book!
I would recommend this book to anyone just now becomming aware of this global tragedy. Batstone balances stories of the enslaved, what the ordinary abolishionists are doing, and information on the system that facilitate the oppression that this issue begins to make concrete sense.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still reading and I wish it had more because I'm near the end. Great job the writer has done. Reading was for a class and so worth it.Published 4 days ago by Laureen Vilchek
I am reading a series of books on this subject, and found this to be the most informative. I liked that it gave some practical advice about how a person can become involved in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandra Wagenius
Heartbreaking content but very informative and eye-opening.Published 7 months ago by Riverview33569
Read with caution! This book will not only inform you and help equip you to join the fight against human trafficking and the global slave trade, but it will also keep you awake at... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael D. Calhoun
Of course Christian groups throughout the world are doing important work in this area... but what about all the other worthy non-Christian and secular NGOs that have joined in the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sabbatical
This is a truly eye-opening book about a horrible situation that more people need to know about. This is a must read for everyone. Read morePublished 10 months ago by storylover
It was a very eye opening book. I recommend this book for everyone and to help bring modern day slavery to an end and to bring justice for the victims.Published 10 months ago by Kimberly R. Hutchins