From Publishers Weekly
Although most people imagine widespread enslavement only in the historical past, human trafficking continues to exist today in myriad forms around the world. In this informative call to action, Bales (Disposable People
), sociologist and president of Free the Slaves, and Soodalter (Hanging Captain Gordon
), a historian, document routine coercive slave labor in domestic service, prostitution, farm labor, factories, light industry, prisons and mining operations. While many sensational cases have been well publicized, the authors demonstrate that slavery exists in mundane and unexpected forms. Their case studies begin in an American suburb and traverse the globe to urban China and rural Ghana, returning to Los Angeles, Calif., and East Orange, N.J., just a few of 100-plus documented cases in the U.S. The second half of the book focuses on causes and solutions, with a helpful emphasis on how ordinary individuals can recognize and report coercive situations, creating a humane and helpful primer on how to sever the links that create and hide human bondage. (July)
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“An informative call to action . . . a humane and helpful primer on how to sever the links that create and hide human bondage.”
“Will likely change the way you understand your community.”
(Deborah Fink Friends Journal
“Anyone wanting a better understanding of the ongoing problem of slavery in the United States—and their own role in perpetuating or eradicating it—should read this book.”
(Charles Song California Lawyer
"Essential reading for anyone interested in human rights. . . . [The authors] appeal to the reader's sense of justice and compassion."
(Tiffany Williams Foreign Policy In Focus
"If you read one book on human trafficking this year, make it The Slave Next Door. . . . Digestible, enjoyable, and ultimately uplifting."
"With the help of this great book . . . we can shift from ignoring this crude reality to [eradicating] this abominable practice."
(African Politics Portal
“An arresting volume.”