Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asiaby Siddharth Kara
Siddharth Kara’s Sex Trafficking has become a critical resource for its revelations into an unconscionable business, and its detailed analysis of the trade’s immense economic benefits and human cost. This volume is Kara’s second, explosive study of slavery, this time focusing on the deeply entrenched and wholly unjust system of bonded labor. Drawing on eleven years of research in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, Kara delves into an ancient and ever-evolving mode of slavery that ensnares roughly six out of every ten slaves in the world and generates profits that exceeded $17.6 billion in 2011. In addition to providing a thorough economic, historical, and legal overview of bonded labor, Kara travels to the far reaches of South Asia, from cyclone-wracked southwestern Bangladesh to the Thar desert on the India-Pakistan border, to uncover the brutish realities of such industries as hand-woven-carpet making, tea and rice farming, construction, brick manufacture, and frozen-shrimp production. He describes the violent enslavement of millions of impoverished men, women, and children who toil in the production of numerous products at minimal cost to the global market. He also follows supply chains directly to Western consumers, vividly connecting regional bonded labor practices to the appetites of the world. Kara’s pioneering analysis encompasses human trafficking, child labor, and global security, and he concludes with specific initiatives to eliminate the system of bonded labor from South Asia once and for all.
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"Comprehensively and intelligently researched, though it wears its erudition lightly. Bonded Labour is beautifully lucid, a compelling mixture of history, investigative journalism, personal testimony and trenchant socio-economic criticism."
Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University
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Siddharth Kara is one of the world’s foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He holds positions on human trafficking at two centers at Harvard University, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Kara speaks and consults extensively on contemporary slavery worldwide and advises several governments on antislavery policy and law. His first book, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, received Yale University’s prestigious Frederick Douglass Book Prize.
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