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Slaves among Us: The Hidden World of Human Trafficking
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Slaves among Us: The Hidden World of Human Trafficking (Hardback)

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The horrific world of modern slavery is exposed in this book based on the first-hand experiences of victims of human trafficking.

Through the stories of three remarkable individuals who share how they fell victim to traffickers and how their bodies and souls resisted an enterprise of total destruction, Monique Villa takes us around the world-from Ohio to Tokyo, London to India, Qatar to Colombia-to uncover a parallel world where men, women, and children are dehumanized and reduced to obedient machines.

Written by a global leader in the fight against human trafficking, this powerful book uncovers the hidden world of slaves-no longer physically in chains-who walk among us, trapped in a cycle of exploitation. Despite significant progress in the fight for human rights, slavery continues to flourish. In fact, there are more slaves today, in countries rich and poor, than at any point in the past.By giving voice to survivors of this horrific trade, Villa vividly illustrates dire situations we can do something about. Her call to action outlines concrete steps to safeguard the vulnerable among us and to eliminate slavery in our time.

Monique Villa, a former Reuters journalist, has been the CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation for over a decade. As CEO, she has chosen the subject of modern slavery as one of her three missions. With over 350 prominent delegates from across the globe representing at least 34 countries, she created the TrustWomen Conference to tackle global human trafficking, child marriage, and female genital mutilation. TrustLaw pro bono is the legal program she established to aid women and men caught in the shackles of slavery.She lives in London.

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Essential book to understand the dark realities of slavery today, seen through the journey of various survivors. It is a page-turner and really helps understand how these people get trapped in the first place, how some of them managed to escape and explain how we can all work together to combat this plague. Starting by.. being informed…so read it!

- 09/11/2019
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“Slaves Among Us” is compelling and informative for an issue that permeates everyone’s lives with all that we consume. Ms Villa does a respectful job telling the harrowing stories of Jennifer, Marcela and Deependra who represent the millions of others in tragic captive situations. By providing the back stories of these brave individuals, she’s given the reader an understanding of how millions of people are ensnared and then are kept in slavery. It is unfathomable to comprehend how the five million monstrous people who coerce and imprison 40+ million slaves sleep at night, but she sheds light by explaining that they themselves often come from abusive relationships. It is heartening to read about Ms Villa’s heroes, who are indeed truly inspiring people. In the solutions chapter, there is hope that this scourge can be conquered - it will have to come from companies cleaning up their supply chains and from the general public being informed in choosing options that don’t profit at the expense of people not being paid for their labour. Brava for a tour de force that will certainly have an impact. Essential reading.

- 04/11/2019
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