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At pains to paint the issue as transcending American political divides, Batstone cites figures from the left and right and makes good use of available data on this abominable $31 billion industry. With detailed descriptions of how the current slave trade operates (including exposés of the sex and drug industries), listeners will learn how they can help.
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By Roy on 04-20-09
Up from Slavery
Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the house, David Batstone writes a much needed book titled "Not for Sale." In this book he exposes the current status of trafficking in women and children and slavery in contemporary society. He contends that about 27 million people around the world suffer from forced labor and sexual exploitation. Even if we don't accept these high figures, his book is still troubling and worthy of every thoughtful listener to Audible books.
About the first half of the book tells the stories of women and children trapped in forced labor. Those sections are a little repetitive, but the force of the situation is so important you will overlook this fact. The second half deals with similar issues as encountered in Latin America and under the Russian mofia. His accounts of victims and survivors will disturb the reader as they should.
I would recommend that two other books be read along with this particular title namely "Gomorrah" by Roberto Saviano and "The Accountant's Story" by Roberto Escobar. Both are available from Audible. The first deals with international criminal activity in Naples and the second the drug cartel. The crime trilogy pretty much introduces international crime to the reader. Of the three "Gomorrah" is the most exciting to read, "The Accountant's Story" is the most amazing to read and "Not for Sale" the most heart rending. "Gomorrah" touches on slave labor as defined by Batstone tangentially.
All are well written and read.
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By Eric on 06-29-09
The narration is good, the research seems good, but the writing is extremely poor. One example from 47:59: "The distribution of wealth is not being evenly distributed." (This sentence should of course read "Wealth is not evenly distributed) Gaffes of this sort heavily pepper the book, as do the sort of awkward phrasing and unprofessional style you'd expect from the average high school student term paper.
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