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Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves Paperback – September 28, 2007
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Starred Review. Bales (Understanding Global Slavery) provides a guide for eliminating the plague of slavery that continues to this day, involving some 27 million slaves worldwide producing $13 billion in goods and services. Bales provides a thorough overview of slavery, including its history, its methods, the lives of its victims around the world and the conditions under which it flourishes (modern slaves "are cheap, and they are disposable"); most importantly, Bales has put together guides to action at every level, from the individual to the community to the United Nations, in a six-point plan that includes protecting, arming and cloning "the liberators," enacting and enforcing effective antislavery legislation and, perhaps most important (and overlooked), helping freed slaves heal ("liberation is just the first step on a long road"). Alongside those goals, Bales also considers practical matters, including fundraising, increasing awareness among the general public and convincing governments to pay attention: though "all political leaders denounce slavery," its numbers are still up, "perpetrators go uncaught... and the minimal resources needed to rehabilitate freed slaves are not available." Shocking, saddening, angering and inspiring, this volume reveals in full a side of the global market many Americans simply do not know about, clueing readers in on "the extent of their own involvement in global slavery," and the unthinkable injustices that could be taking place even in their local communities.
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"Ever since the Emancipation Proclamation, Americans have congratulated themselves on ending slavery once and for all. But did we? Kevin Bales is a powerful and effective voice in pointing out the appalling degree to which servitude, forced labor and outright slavery still exist in today's world, even here. This book is a valuable primer on the persistence of these evils, their intricate links to poverty, corruption and globalizationand what we can do to combat them. He's a modern-day William Lloyd Garrison."Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
"I know modern slavery from the inside, and since coming to freedom I am committed to end it forever. This book shows us how to make a world where no more childhoods will be stolen and sold as mine was."Given Kachepa, former U.S. slave, recipient of the Yoshiyama Award
"Kevin Bales does not just pontificate from behind a desk. From the charcoal pits of Brazil to the brothels of Thailand, he has seen the victims of modern day slavery. In Ending Slavery, Bales gives us an update on what's happening (and not happening), and a controversial plan to abolish slavery in the 21st century. This is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the great human rights issue of our times."Ambassador John Miller, former director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
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The book includes facts and statistics, real-life stories and photographs, as well as references and explanations of key terms. It also remains consistent and easy to read at all times.
"In 1865 slaves were freed in the United States and dumped into the economy without access to credit, education or political participation...what was done virtually guaranteed their long-term second -class citizenship...just like the American emancipation of 1865 the abolition of slavery in Nepal in 2000 was botched"
In the beginning the author did not believe there was a global problem with trafficking, however his own birds eye experience shown to him by the very people in the field, has convinced him that slave trafficking was, is and maybe always has been a problem.
Unknowingly or knowingly the author has shown the modern anti-slave campaign that was started in England then on to the U.S., during the early centuries, while successful in those country's was ultimately, transferred to other geopolitical areas then hidden, protected or disguised as something else, then brought back at least to the U.S.
Starting in 1926 the Slavery Convention sponsored by the League of Nations, England sought to protect slavery in their Colonies and the U. S. excluded forced labor for private purposes, to protect Southern states that were still practicing slavery. India currently has the largest amount of slaves, however the slavery system set up in Japan was surprising. Brazil has the best systems/laws/ in place to fight their country's trafficking.
The author offers a variety of real manageable strategies for ending slavery including compensation for the groups that were wronged, psychological evaluations, health care, jail time and confiscation of property as remedies and deterrents. Including a viable plan to get the United Nations, World Trade Organization, UNICEF, International Criminal Court and World Bank more involved in the antislavery fight.
What is needed now is long term support for those in the field who are actively engaged in the abolition of slaves.