Trapped: Modern-Day Slavery in the Brazilian Amazon

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* Winner of the 2004 Harry Chapin Media Judges Award from World Hunger Year
* A vivid, highly readable book by a resident of Brazil who set off by bus and motorbike to unearth the realities of this hidden trade and expose them to the world

The illegal trade in people is surpassed in scale only by that in drugs and arms. In huge ranches deep in the Amazon, migrant workers are enmeshed in a web of debt, deceit, and cruelty — trapped in the illegal trade in humans.

Trapped documents the lives of these workers, allowing them to tell their own stories. Le Breton also talks with those who benefit from this injustice, as well as those fighting against it, and offers suggestions on how it can be consigned to history.

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"By reading Le Breton’s fascinating story of exploitation we are carried into the invisible chain of slavery which holds human beings in bondage not only in Brazil, but in many countries, even London, Paris and New York. By entering into others’ lives we commit ourselves, even in a small way, to eradicating a practice which governments have condemned but have so far failed to remove."

"A well-balanced investigation that shows us slavery in the Amazon in a personal way, from the perspective of the actors. No group is branded or unfairly treated, and we see a picture of a society struggling with the challenges of development."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565491557
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Binka Le Breton lives on a rainforest farm, runs the Iracambi Rainforest Research Center (where her duties requires her to check frequently on the state of the forest), lectures and broadcasts internationally on rainforest and human rights topics, is president of Amigos de Iracambi, and in her spare time writes books. If you want to find out more about any of the work that she does, or you would like her to come and give a lecture for your organization, you can contact Binka at:

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Table of Contents

Foreword Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Preface Kevin Bales; Introduction: Slavery Alive and Well Around the World; 1) The Chain of Slavery: The Nuts, Bolts, and History of Modern-Day Debt Bondage; 2) Links in the Chain: Boss, Contractor, Gunman; Peon, Prostitute, Lodging Keeper; 3) The Occupation of Amazonia: Land Without Men for Men Without Land; 4) Debt Slavery: The Bosses: Connivance and Impurity from the Ruthless Rich; 5) The Gatos: Men in the Middle: Overseers and Gunmen; 6) The Peons: Held Fast by Their Debt, Their Isolation, and Their Ignorance; 7) The Women: Those Who Wait, Those Who Comfort, Those Who Profit; 8) Violence: The Cycle of Rural Conflict; 9) Resistance: Liberation Theology and the Role of the Church; 10) The Landless Movement: An Alternative for Landless Workers?; 11) The Vila Rica Commission: One Town’s Attempt to Deal with Debt Bondage; 12) A Case History: Slavery Through the Eyes of a Peon and His Wife; 13) Volkswagen’s Model Ranch: What Went Wrong; 14) Model Ranch 2001: A State-of-the-Art Ranch Is Accused of Slavery; 15) Black Slaves, White Slaves: “I Used to Be Somebody, Now I'm Nothing” — What Can Be Done?; 16) Into the Enemy's Camp: On the Road with the Flying Squad

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