• Brings to light the nature and extent of the problem of slavery in the modern world—a crisis the full scope of which is often overlooked
• Features an introduction by Kevin Bales, the world's leading authority on contemporary slavery
• Looks at modern slavery from a global perspective with international contributors, many of whom are actively involved in the antislavery fight today
• Includes first-person accounts of individuals who were enslaved
• 450 entries on slavery practices and antislavery efforts, with coverage of Anti-Slavery International (ASI), Kevin Bales, the Bonded Labor Liberation Front (BLLF), debt bondage, the Laogai system, and more
• 125 expert contributors from around the world, many among them key players in the fight to stop slave practices
• 60 primary source documents, including official United Nations documents, antislavery legislation from various nations, and brief autobiographical accounts
• A chronology highlighting the key events in the development of modern-day slavery
• Maps, including a global map showing where modern-day slavery persists, and maps of various "hot spots", including Sudan, Mauritania, Pakistan, China, etc.
• An exhaustive bibliography guiding readers to the available literature on contemporary slavery
"This highly focused encyclopedia offers useful source material for those interested in human rights issues in the modern age. It is recommended for the general public and high school students seeking additional information or as a starting point for research."
"Rodriguez reminds us in his expansive, enlightening look at more modern forms of exploitation that encompasses more than 27 million individuals, slavery has more of an impact on our own time than at any other time in the past. . . . The variety of primary documents is one of the great strengths of the work, drawing from a rich tapestry of attempts by both governments and the private sector to battle all forms of illegal labor exploitation. . . . Overall, this is a solid work of vast importance that works well in supporting the existing social-science curriculum and could become a go-to resource for AP classes addressing the socioeconomic issues that arise in the era of globalization."