- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Revised, Updated ed. edition (October 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061998834
- ISBN-13: 978-0061998836
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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.
About the Author
David Batstone, Ph.D., is Professor of Ethics at the University of San Francisco. His book Saving the Corporate Soul & (Who Knows?) Maybe Your Own won the prestigious Nautilus Award for Best Business Book in 2004. Batstone also serves as Senior Editor of a business magazine, Worthwhile, and was a cofounder of Business 2.0. Batstone appears regularly in USA Today's Weekend Edition as "America's ethics guru."
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"Not For Sale" is one of those books that will leave in an indelible mark in your being. David Batstone has written an eye-opening account on the existing crisis of global human slavery. This fascinating book will take you through various personal accounts of the victims, survivors and abolitionist activists. It is a mind-changing, inspirational book that is a call for action. This 320-page book is composed of the following six chapters: 1. Shining Light into the Sexual Darkness: Cambodia and Thailand, 2. Breaking the Chains of Bonded Laborers: South Asia, 3. Rescuing the Child Soldiers: Uganda, 4. Undermining the Sex Syndicate: Europe, 5. Sheltering the Lost Children: Peru, and 6. Building a New Underground Railroad: USA.
1. Wow! Where can I begin? It's a well-written, well-researched, fascinating look at the evil of global human trafficking.
2. This book grabs you, overwhelms you and it ultimately changes you.
3. An eye-opening book about the current form of human trafficking.
4. The author treats this subject with utmost respect and compels the reader through common moral decency.
5. Enough facts to ground the seriousness of the issue of human slavery but it is the author's ability to convey the stories in a lucid manner that drives this gem of a book.
6. This is in fact a global issue!
7. It's an inspirational book that compels you to do something. Mr. Batstone does a wonderful job of inspiring a modern-day abolitionist.
8. Very good quotes abound. "A moral obligation cannot arise from an immoral act".
9. How poverty rips apart a community.
10. The wonderful inspirational stories of the many activists who care.
11. The tools of the slave traders and how they use them for their evil purposes. Coercion and deception among them.
12. The heart-ripping stories of children being sold into the sex trade.
13. The story of a good lawyer...who knew?
14. How the rich and powerful can work around a corrupt system.
15. The evolution of the traffickers.
16. The interesting take of how Germany and the Netherlands handle prostitution.
17. The impact of corruption.
18. Leveraging international diplomacy and its impact.
19. The process of enslavement explained.
20. How to deal with the problem? Recommendations from the activists.
21. The facts from the published report: "Hidden Slaves: Forced Labor in the United States".
22. A sound strategy on what can be done to fight the evil of human trafficking.
23. A great conclusion chapter on how to end the slave trade in our time.
24. A great list of anti human-trafficking resources.
25. Good notes reference.
1. It uses flashbacks to tell the different stories. At first a little confusing but once you get into the rhythm of the stories, it works well.
2. Illustrations and charts would have added value.
3. Having to wait for Mr. Batstone's next book.
In summary, "Not For Sale" is a captivating book that must be read. It's heartbreaking, it's emotional, it's gripping but ultimately it's inspirational and educational. Human trafficking is an evil that must be eradicated and the author does a wonderful job of providing the inspiration and guidance to do so. Bravo!
Further recommendation: "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
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
Fortunately in recent years, several well-organized groups have been fanning out around the world - providing educational materials to volunteers and taking direct action in many cases to change laws and free slaves.
If you're on the verge of purchasing this book by David Batstone, a leading authority on modern slavery, then you're already interested in this issue and what you really want is a hands-on, heavy-duty book that investigates modern systems of human trafficking.
This is the book you want. It carries an advisory to readers: "This book deals with mature subject matter." That's because this is grim stuff about slave laborers, child soldiers and enslaved sex workers.
Batstone is professor of ethics at the University of San Francisco and, for six years, also was executive editor of Sojourners Magazine. He understands the issue - and the actions needed. In the final section of the book is an extensive overview of groups and Web sites around the world that can help to connect you with this modern-day abolitionist campaign.