Award-winning journalist David Batstone reveals the story of a new generation of 21st-century abolitionists and their heroic campaign to put an end to human bondage.In his accessible and inspiring book, Batstone carefully weaves the narratives of activists and those in bondage in a way that not only raises awareness of the modern-day slave trade, but also serves as a call to action.With the recent 200th anniversary of the climax of the 19th-century abolitionist movement, the world has paid tribute to great visionary figures such as William Wilberforce of the United Kingdom and American Frederick Douglass for their remarkable strides toward framing slavery as a moral issue that people of good conscience could not tolerate.But slavery and bondage still persist in the 21st century. An estimated 27 million people around the globe suffer in situations of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation from which they cannot free themselves. Trafficking in people has become increasingly transnational in scope and highly lucrative. After illegal drug sales and arms trafficking, human trafficking is today the third most profitable criminal activity in the world, generating $31 billion annually. And as many as half of all those trafficked worldwide for sex and domestic slavery are children under 18 years of age.More
According to David Batstone, the U.S. Department of Justice has prosecuted current-day slavery in 91 cities across the United States (figures from 2010). Slavery, Batstone argues, is no relic of yesterday; it is one of the most horrendous - and stoppable - of modern-day crimes. Performed in the authoritative but not overbearing voice of Michael McIlhonnie, Not for Sale is Batstone’s call to action: end human slavery everywhere.
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.
"Batstone exposes the alarming rise of one of the great moral crises of the day, human slavery. His well-written accounts of victims and survivors will inspire you to join the growing twenty-first century abolitionist movement." (John Miller, former director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons)
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