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From the Publisher"If anyone thinks slavery is a horror buried long in the past or barbarism that always happens 'somewhere else,' this collection of narratives will puncture both of those as myths. Kevin Bales and Zoe Trodd have produced a crucial volume for our times, in which modern slaves bear witness to the brutal institution with candor, eloquence, and pain. This book can, and should, effect change."—Henry Louis Gates Jr.
"These slave narratives sound an alarm for all of us who think slavery ended in the nineteenth century. The words of modern-day slaves cry out to us to end the enslavement of millions in countries all over the world, including the United States. It is a heartbreaking story but inspirational, too, in revealing the power of resistance among people whose spirit is supposed to have been crushed. The authors, the slaves, the ex-slaves, have produced a powerful weapon in the contemporary movement for emancipation."—Howard Zinn
"To Plead Our Own Cause gives voice to some of the most voiceless people on the planet. The breadth of these gut-wrenching stories from all over the globe is impressive and informative. Kevin Bales and Zoe Trodd have made a valuable and unique contribution to the literature on contemporary slavery and traffic; this book is a must-read for anyone with an interest in slavery, globalization, ethnicity, human rights, or criminal behavior."—David Kyle, University of California, Davis
"In this spellbinding volume Kevin Bales and Zoe Trodd resurrect the abolitionist tradition of enabling slaves to tell their own stories. The horror of these collected contemporary stories is nearunbearable. This unique book constitutes a not-to-be-denied call for global action against slavery and trafficking."—Joe Lockard, Arizona State University, Director of the Antislavery Literature Project