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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: #2,093,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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The only helpful information I received from this book was about the Tier 1-3 information (a rating each country gets in the Trafficking of Persons report that the US releases each year to show how well that country is fighting various types of human trafficking). Otherwise I didn't really get much out of it. The examples they gave of former slaves did not get you attached in any way. I did enjoy learning some of the former slave history though. This book was too short really. I didn't get sucked into it as much as other human trafficking books.
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