Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression helps bring to light an often-ignored tragedy, opening readers’ eyes to the devastated lives of those coerced into unpaid labor. It is the first and only comprehensive encyclopedia on practices that persist despite the efforts of antislavery advocates, nongovernmental organizations, and national legislation aimed at ending them.
Ranging from the late-19th century to the present, Slavery in the Modern World examines the full extent of unfree labor practices in use today, as well as contemporary abolitionists and antislavery groups fighting these practices and legislative action from various nations aimed at exposing and shutting down slave operations and networks. The 450 alphabetically organized entries are the work of over 125 of the world’s leading experts on modern slavery.
- 450 entries on slavery practices and antislavery efforts, with coverage of Anti-Slavery International (ASI), Kevin Bales, the Bonded Labor Liberation Front (BLLF), debt bondage, the Laogai system, and more
- 125 expert contributors from around the world, many among them key players in the fight to stop slave practices
- 60 primary source documents, including official United Nations documents, antislavery legislation from various nations, and brief autobiographical accounts
- A chronology highlighting the key events in the development of modern-day slavery
- Maps, including a global map showing where modern-day slavery persists, and maps of various "hot spots”, including Sudan, Mauritania, Pakistan, China, etc.
- An exhaustive bibliography guiding readers to the available literature on contemporary slavery