ABC-CLIO

New Slavery

A Reference Handbook, Second Edition

by Kevin Bales

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July 2005

ABC-CLIO

Pages 273
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Current Events and Issues/Society
Description

A shocking account of how slavery continues to afflict millions around the world today—from children in the carpet trade in Asia, to immigrants forced into prostitution in Europe, to domestic workers in the United States and other Western countries.

New Slavery: A Reference Handbook is as scholarly as it is shocking—a gripping account of modern slavery, from Pakistan to Paris, Nepal to New York. From bonded laborers in India and prostitutes in Thailand to illegal domestic workers in Kuwait, Tokyo, and London, this book surveys the grim and violent world of contemporary forced labor, human trafficking, and slavery.

More commonly associated with the horrors of 19th-century cotton plantations or Nazi concentration camps, slave labor remains alive and well. Despite antislavery laws in almost every country, slavery today is booming— fueled by poverty, war, organized crime, and globalization. This book is both a serious study and an essential guide for policy makers, human rights lawyers, labor activists, and all those concerned with the ongoing fight against this timeless evil.

Features

  • Firsthand accounts from freed slaves and antislavery activists, with extracts from key UN documents on slavery
  • Chronology covering slavery from the dawn of civilization to the modern era, focusing especially on slavery over the last 50 years

Highlights

  • Summarizes the key debates and controversies within the antislavery movement—e.g., is it morally right to buy slaves in order to grant them their freedom?
  • Explores the economic and political factors behind the modern boom in slavery, forced labor, and human trafficking
  • Examines the continued appeal of America to those engaged in the modern slave trade
Author Info

Kevin Bales, Ph.D., is president of Free the Slaves, the American sister organization of London-based Anti-Slavery International, and professor of sociology at University of Roehampton, London, England. His published works include Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy.

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Reviews

"New Slavery: A Reference Handbook should not only raise awareness and understanding about contemporary slavery, but should also act as a catalyst for change. This book is highly recommended for public, academic, and high school libraries."—American Reference Books Annual

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