Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves

Synopsis

In his 1999 book, Disposable People, Kevin Bales brought to light the shocking fact of modern slavery and described how, nearly two hundred years after the slave trade was abolished (legal slavery would have to wait another fifty years), global slavery stubbornly persists. In Ending Slavery, Bales again grapples with the struggle to end this ancient evil and presents the ideas and insights that can finally lead to slavery's extinction. Recalling his own involvement in the antislavery movement, he recounts a personal journey in search of the solution and explains how governments and citizens can build a world without slavery.

Excerpt

Imagine a world where slavery is normal, where slavery is considered good business, offering solid returns. In this world “excess” people— the very poor, for example—can be put to productive uses that benefit everyone. In this world every dirty, dangerous, and demeaning job has someone to do it. In this world every war produces a rich harvest of new slaves. Once oil is burned, it’s gone, but slaves are the product that keeps on producing (and reproducing, for that matter). With a little food and shelter, you can squeeze work out of your slaves for years and years. They are livestock with the brains and motor skills to do factory work or be your sex toy, care for your children or run your shop. In this world the profits of slavery build universities and concert halls and hospitals. The slave trade finances mansions and art shows and political careers. People who don’t have a slave want one, and people who have slaves want more. Slaves are such flexible investments—you can put them up as collateral, lend them out, or rent them to a neighbor. You can make it your business to insure slaves, deal in slaves, or sell the tools and chains needed to control slaves. You can wholesale or retail slaves, ship them, or run a stable for slaves. You can leave them to your children, or sell a few to fund your retirement. And when you go to church, you will be reassured from the pulpit that this world is . . .

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