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Woman, Child for Sale: The New Slave Trade in the 21st Century Mass Market Paperback – August 31, 2004

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Fast on the heels of the State Department's annual report on human trafficking comes this brief but frightening look at a $12-billion-a-year global industry. It's essentially a clip job—King's research into today's slave trade is based on remarks by concerned politicians, news stories and prior academic works, as well as on an exhaustive, chapter-long recap of the aforementioned 2003 Trafficking in Persons Report—but it is a valuable compilation of stories and statistics. A brief look at the history of slavery gives an overview of bondage in the Greco-Roman empire and a timeline of the African slave trade. Short recitations of trafficking case studies—a 14-year-old Thai girl whose promised "good job" turned out to be prostitution, dozens of Peruvian nationals forced to work in factories and turn their wages over to a Long Island family—serve as illustrative but cursory examples. The information here, though cobbled together from prior sources, is inherently thought-provoking and is set forth clearly if inelegantly. Those seeking a quick course in the deplorable milieu of modern slave trafficking will find King's volume useful.
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Chock-full of statistics and facts…with true stories of survivors…informative. -- Lenore Skomal, Erie Times-News (1/20/05)

Comprehensive…journalistic and straightforward…an education on this worldwide evil that unfortunately has become a household topic. -- Liesel Fores, Catholic Advocate (9/8/04)

Examines slavery…broadly and historically...looks at imprisonment of domestic workers and directs readers to a rich cache of reference materials. -- Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer (10/17/04)

Incendiary…includes all the statistics and background you could wish to have… -- Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press (10/24/04)

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chamberlain Bros. (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596090057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596090057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gilbert King is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Devil in the Grove, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 2013. He has written about the Supreme Court and the death penalty for the New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as history for Smithsonian magazine. Devil in the Grove was also a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, nominated for an Edgar Award for best fact crime, and the nonfiction runner-up for the 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Lionsgate has acquired the rights for the film, which is slated for 2015. King's previous book, The Execution of Willie Francis was published in 2008. He lives in New York City with his wife, two daughters, and a French bulldog named Louis. For more information, please go to

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 1reader on April 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was not thrilled with this book. I found the basic information enlightening but didn't get the impression that it was well researched and thought out, just taken from other easy to find sources. I would definitely read more on the subject but wouldn't buy another book by this author. I just read the reviews on one of this author's other books and can see a pattern.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By atgkc on July 6, 2006
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This book does a huge disservice to the serious issue of human trafficking. It is very poorly researched, highly derivitive, and badly written. It does not even begin to grapple with the complications of the global trade in human beings but instead relies on sensation and titillation. I would not accept this from an undergraduate.

There is a real need for accessible information on the subject of human trafficking in order to make individuals, communities and governments aware of what is going on and how they can work to stop this sad trade. Unfortunately this book does not even begin to meet that need.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Willis on September 6, 2006
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Lacks just about everything:

insight, depth, substance, reasearch, a professional approach.. It reads like an essay I would have written in high school. Don't waste money on it. Your time (and money) is better spent on Wikipedia.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Reiter on April 10, 2005
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I expected that such an interesting topic would be a worthy read regardless of the author but I'm sorry to say that I was very wrong. I should have realized this when looking at the back and seeing a quote by Colin Powell that was meant to look like it was in response to this particular book, but was in fact an unrelated quote.

Poorly written, and mostly a compilation of information from a few other sources, you're better off going straight to the quoted sources for a better read. You can probably use the 'look inside' feature on Amazon to find the books he quoted from. Oh yeah, only took me two hours to read... you may be better off with a good magazine article.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L..P. on September 1, 2005
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Should be a mandatory book for any current events course in college. The problem of human slavery is overlooked by schools and the media, and this book sheds light on a tragedy of enormous proportion. Woman, Child for Sale also reports on the countries that are the biggest violators of this human rights crisis and presents possible solutions. I was swept away by the depth of this problem and found this book very useful and informative.
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