Slavery Exposed as Thrivingnow More Than Ever Before

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Slavery Exposed as Thrivingnow More Than Ever Before


"A slave is a human being who is forced to work through fraud or threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence ... you may have thought you missed your chance to own a slave ... but you're in luck ... you are living at a time when there are more slaves than in any other point in history."

Journalist Ben Skinner doesn't pull any punches in A Crime So Monstrous (Random House). He travels the world exposing slavery in the 21st century, from the child markets of Haiti to the debt-bonded labourers of India. And he even exposes child and sex slavery in the United States.

He tells the stories of actual slaves, hoping that these ordinary people will reach out and grip the readers' hearts.

Skinner's intention is to challenge us to "get [our] hands dirty", to "lobby elected officials" and to "take a rigorous and holistic approach to fighting bondage". It is actually a vital book to read.

Skinner starts in Haiti where he finds how simple it is to buy a child in a country where the "restavek" (or "stay with") system is a way of life. …

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