The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today / Edition 2by Kevin Bales, Ron Soodalter
Pub. Date: 08/23/2010
Publisher: University of California Press
In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In The Slave Next Door we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the/i>
In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In The Slave Next Door we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of the local department store. In these pages we also meet some unexpected slaveholders, such as a 27-year old middle-class Texas housewife who is currently serving a life sentence for offences including slavery. Weaving together a wealth of voicesfrom slaves, slaveholders, and traffickers as well as from experts, counselors, law enforcement officers, rescue and support groups, and othersthis book is also a call to action, telling what we, as private citizens, can do to finally bring an end to this horrific crime.
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Table of Contents
Preface to the Paperback Edition
PART I: SLAVES IN THE LAND OF THE FREE
1. The Old Slavery and the New
2. House Slaves
3. Slaves in the Pastures of Plenty
4. Supply and Demand
5. New Business Models
6. Eating, Wearing, Walking, and Talking Slavery
PART II: THE FINAL EMANCIPATION
7. Slaves in the Neighborhood
8. States of Confusion
9. The Feds
10. A Future without Slavery
Appendix: For Further Information
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If I could condense all of the fantastic information and insight put into The Slave Next Door by Ron Soodalter and Kevin Bales into a training session, no one would ever leave without having a much greater understanding of the complexities of human trafficking, the wide profiles of victims and traffickers or the history and current status of the modern counter-trafficking movement in the U.S. Bales and Soodalter tackle some of the most difficult issues embedded in the counter-trafficking movement with discernment and respect for the dozens of victims and field experts interviewed for the content. Topics such as prostitution, government and NGO relations, policy and legislation, the seeming pervasiveness of slave-made goods in a consumer culture, among many others receive balanced consideration and attention. It takes a purposeful sensitivity to discuss these issues and do so without demonizing every element of our society that either at one point has or still is involved in modern day slavery; and yet this book is able to bring together a wide range of cases and arguments to provide the reader with constant stimulus to rethink what trafficking is and how we tackle it with a multi-sector approach. This includes the heroic actions of ordinary citizens in the past, and a detailed message about what people can do to take action now. Although the actions may seem a heavy burden, and any actions that individuals take should always be informed by what is already going on in the community, there is a lot to take away from the material in the action-oriented sections. This book will be a tremendous asset if you want to better understand human trafficking in the United States. Some, if not most of the information will shock you, particularly the stories of how people have been lured and exploited everywhere from the quiet suburbs to sleepy rural areas to busy city neighborhoods. Some, if not most of the information will force you to look inward and reflect on which societal and individual habits in the U.S. contribute to an environment conducive to trafficking. In the end, you will be more informed as a member of your local and international community, which, from my perspective, was the ultimate goal of the book.
This enlightening book written by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter, challenges us to recognize slavery's existence in our world today. The Emancipation proclamation was not the end of slavery, instead it continued and is is still very much a part of our lives today. Bales and Soodalter illuminate this fact by sharing the varying forms of slavery that may be occurring right in our own neighborhood. From the timid woman in the grocery line, to the little boy selling trinkets on the street; slavery is everywhere. With the knowledge shared in Bales and Soodalter’s book we have a great introduction to learning more about human trafficking and recognizing its victims in our own lives.
This book challenges each of us to recognize that slavery still exists in the US, in many different forms. While we all tend to believe that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, we need to learn the signs and we may be surprised to find it in our own neighborhoods. As a member of a local task force on sex trafficking, I have learned to recognize some of the indicators of forced prostitution, how it happens, and who the victims are (or could be). The only way to eliminate the problem (read "crime") in our cities and hometowns is to become educated on the matter. Bales and Soodalter have provided us with an excellent introduction that will make you want to learn more and become involved in the battle to make our communities and our world a safer place for all citizens, especially those most vulnerable to the perpetrators of the crime.