The Return of the Global Slave Trade--And How We Can Fight It. In the revised version of this harrowing yet deeply inspirational exposÃ©, award-winning journalist David Batstone (whom Bono calls "a heroic character") provides the most up-to-date information on the $31 billion human trafficking epidemic.
With profiles of twenty-first century abolitionists who are leading the struggle to end this appalling epidemic, Batstone tells readers what they can do to stop the modern slave trade. The author 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.
In 2007, the 200th anniversary of the climax of the 19th century abolitionist movement, the world paid tribute to great visionary figures such as William Wilberforce of the United Kingdom for their remarkable strides toward framing slavery as a moral issue that people of good conscience could not tolerate. This anniversary served not only as a commemorative date for battles won against slavery, but also as a reminder that 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.
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