"Kathryn Cullen-DuPont has created a remarkable--if terrifying--reference book documenting one of the most heinous crimes of the modern age . . . Human trafficking, defined as the "selling and buying of people for profit," has recently been documented in a plethora of solid works--some fifteen in the last two years alone. Even within that context, this title stands out for the wealth of evidence and support it provides. . . . A hard-hitting, carefully documented analysis of this modern form of slavery. . . . ."
-- Feminist Collections:
A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources, Fall 2010
"This volume presents an excellent overview of the problems of human trafficking and its role in the continuation of human rights violations. . . . [Cullen-DuPont] has provided a thorough review of the subject of human trafficking, not only what it entails, its effects on victims, and what countries and organizations are doing to alleviate the problem, but also its effects on ordinary citizen and what part they can play in ending this abuse. For the reseacher and students pursuing the topic, the carefully selected references throughout the volume are invaluable."
--American Reference Books Annual, 2010
"Cullen-DuPont, an award-winning author of several books on women's history, including Women's Rights on Trial, provides a thorough and in-depth analysis of the complex issue of human trafficking--the official term for modern-day slave trade. . . . Cullen-DuPont provides an excellent job of combining research with personal stories of individuals who were victims of human trafficking. These personal stories reinforce the statistics and documents in the book. [Readers] will quickly learn that human trafficking goes beyond forcing women and children into prostitution; it also includes forced marriages, [forced] sweatshop labor, child military service, involuntary domestic servitude, and involuntary organ harvests, among other things. . . . BOTTOM LINE This latest addition to Facts On File's "Global Issues" series is a well-researched and eye-opening resource on a difficult topic.
November 15, 2009
"Cullen-DuPont provides a thorough discussion of modern-day slavery, also known as human trafficking. The book meticulously defines the terms and outlines the problem both globally and domestically. Efforts of the United Nations and other nonprofit organizations to address the issues of labor and sexual servitude are discussed. The author sheds light on how the trade in humans continues despite the attempts of governments to thwart it....This is an invaluable resource...."
--School Library Journal
December 1, 2009
The Opening Words of the Book:
Two hundred years after the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and almost sixty years after the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed that “slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms,” human beings are living in slavery. In Mauritania — despite the country’s third official abolition of slavery in 1980 — up to 20% of the country’s population is born into an inherited slavery that began in ancient times with their ancestors. In India, it is possible for children to be born into a debt bondage enslavement that began generations, or even centuries, before they were born. Most currently enslaved people, however, were born into freedom. These victims of human trafficking, as modern-day slavery is officially termed, lose their freedom when they are trafficked across or within their countries’ borders. If they possess passports or other official documents when they are trafficked to another region or country, these papers are often taken from them, leaving them without proof of identity or the ability to travel. Human trafficking’s victims are then held in conditions similar to those imposed on enslaved people in earlier centuries: they are given no choice as to what work they will perform, paid little or nothing for that work, and confined under threat of violence or
even death . . . .
A Personal Note:
As some of you may know, a non-fiction book is usually sold on the basis of a proposal that outlines the project and goes so far as to say what will be covered in each chapter. This takes a fair amount of research; whenever I've finished writing a proposal, I've felt I understood where the writing of the actual book would take me. I thought I understood where this book would take me, too, but I was wrong. With every additional day of research and writing, I found yet another sub-basement of hell. Those who are enslaved in these places -- including in the United States, which is one of the top ten importers of modern slaves -- need our help.
Global Issues: Human Trafficking examines the scope of human trafficking and the lives of its victims. It examines the historical, cultural, and legal conditions that make human trafficking possible. It also, I am happy to say, discusses the good work being done to free and assist trafficking victims and to end modern-day slavery -- work that anyone may contribute to, in ways small or large.
With thanks for your time and consideration,