Read More, Learn More – August 2011 Book List

Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery edited by Jesse Sage and Liora Kasten (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Twenty-seven million people are estimated to be held in slavery around the world today. This collection of first-hand accounts will raise awareness and show how slavery is thriving in the twenty first century. From poverty-stricken countries to affluent American suburbs, slaves toil as sweatshop workers, sex slaves, migrant workers, domestic servants, and chattel slaves. This groundbreaking collection includes accounts written by ten former slaves and slaveholders in Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States. From Micheline, a Haitian girl who wound up as a domestic worker in Connecticut, to Abdel, a Mauritanian slave owner turned abolitionist, these are stories that will heighten awareness of a global human rights crisis that can no longer be ignored.

Jesse Sage and Liora Kasten are associate directors of the American Anti-Slavery Group. Sage has appeared on NPR, BET, Pacifica Radio, and has spoken widely across the country.  Fast Company recognized him as one of its “Fast 50” social innovators for his development of activist web-portal iAbolish.com.

TRAFFIK by Norman Jean Roy (powerHouse Books, 2008)

While on assignment for Glamour’s “Women of the Year” portfolio, photographer Norman Jean Roy was introduced to Somaly Mam, a former Cambodian sex slave who was being honored for her work rescuing women trapped in the sex industry and reintegrating them into society. Overwhelmed by her story and haunted by the faces of the women she’d worked with, Roy decided to spearhead Traffik, a project that would expose and elevate the grave reality and gross injustice of their experiences. In January 2008, Roy returned to Cambodia to begin the emotionally taxing work of photographing the victims of the country’s notorious sex trade. With the help of Mam and her organization AFESIP, Roy was given access to brothels, where he observed and documented the harrowing lives of adolescent and child prostitutes in situ, as well as AFESIP rehabilitation centers, where he interacted with those whose lives had finally taken a turn for the better, thanks to Mam’s tireless work. Captured in the book are the powerful stories of young women like Srey Ny, who was and beaten and raped by her family and sold to a brothel where she was tortured and starved, and Sok Muteta, who was sold by her mother for 10 U.S. dollars and was first raped at the age of four. Both girls were rescued and are now in AFESIP’s care. TRAFFIK presents images of an industry that doesn’t just sell sex; young women and children are routinely bartered, exchanged, and sold across international borders, resulting in a soulless flow of human traffic. Part exposé and part call to action, Roy’s intimate and affecting photographs are aimed toward giving these victims a voice that will resonate across Cambodia’s borders. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Somaly Mam Foundation; learn more about how you can help fight sex trafficking at Somaly.org.

From the author – “TRAFFIK is not meant to be any one particular story, but rather a collective one. It is a visual slice of the hideous world of human trafficking and the people at the center of it. I hope with this collection of portraits to create a visual document that connects the subject and the viewer on a very human level, the way only a portrait can. From that connection I hope to raise more needed funds to combat the evil of modern slavery. Human trafficking and slavery is not just a Cambodian problem but also a global one. As you will read in Kevin Bales’ short essay, there is still much more work to be done, but also hope that slavery can be ended forever.”

Norman Jean Roy was born in Canada and grew up on Montreal’s South Shore. A prominent portrait photographer for the past 15 years, Roy is the winner of numerous awards for his contributions to the world of editorial photography, including honors from the Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, and Photo District News. In 2007, he signed a contract with Condé Nast to shoot exclusively for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Men’s Vogue, Allure, and Glamour. Roy resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Joanna, and his three children.

Not in My Town: Exposing and Ending Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery by Dillon Burroughs and Charles Powell (New Hope Publishers, 2011)

Slavery still exists–here. Tens of millions of humans live in bondage worldwide, tens of thousands in the US. As seen recently on Fox News, Dillon Burroughs and Charles Powell bring awareness about what’s happening in our nation and world. The book teaches about:
– Human trafficking
– Sexual exploitation
– Forced labor
– Agricultural slavery
Not in My Town answers questions and promotes discussion about the slavery system that crisscrosses Atlanta, Orlando, Las Vegas, New York, California, Texas, North Carolina, Haiti, Amsterdam, India, Cambodia, and beyond. The authors’ gripping journey shocks but also motivates and provides resources to equip new generations of abolitionists from all corners of society and diverse worldviews who share the common call to stop injustice.

Dillon Burroughs is a best-selling writer of more than 25 books. He is best known for his collaborative works with faith-based leaders, authors, and athletes, though he has also earned a growing reputation within the social justice movement. Burroughs lives and works as a writer at a nonprofit in Tennessee with his wife, Deborah, and three children.

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