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A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery

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To be a moral witness is perhaps the highest calling of journalism, and in this unforgettable, highly readable account of contemporary slavery, author Benjamin Skinner travels around the globe to personally tell stories that need to be told -- and heard. As Samantha Power and Philip Gourevitch did for genocide, Skinner has now done for modern-day slavery. With years of reporting in such places as Haiti, Sudan, India, Eastern Europe, The Netherlands, and, yes, even suburban America, he has produced a vivid testament and moving reportage on one of the great evils of our time. There are more slaves in the world today than at any time in history. After spending four years visiting a dozen countries where slavery flourishes, Skinner tells the story, in gripping narrative style, of individuals who live in slavery, those who have escaped from bondage, those who own or traffic in slaves, and the mixed political motives of those who seek to combat the crime. Skinner infiltrates trafficking networks and slave sales on five continents, exposing a modern flesh trade never before portrayed in such proximity. From mega-harems in Dubai to illicit brothels in Bucharest, from slave quarries in India to child markets in Haiti, he explores the underside of a world we scarcely recognize as our own and lays bare a parallel universe where human beings are bought, sold, used, and discarded. He travels from the White House to war zones and immerses us in the political and flesh-and-blood battles on the front lines of the unheralded new abolitionist movement. At the heart of the story are the slaves themselves. Their stories are heartbreaking but, in the midst of tragedy, readers discover a quiet dignity that leads some slaves to resist and aspire to freedom. Despite being abandoned by the international community, despite suffering a crime so monstrous as to strip their awareness of their own humanity, somehow, some enslaved men regain their dignity, some enslaved women learn to tr
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Language English
Publication Date March 11, 2008
Publisher Free Press
Contributor(s) E. Benjamin Skinner
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Page Count 352
ISBN 10 0743290070
ISBN 13 9780743290074
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 499.4 grams
Product Dimensions 23.1 cm x 16.1 cm x 2.9 cm
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  1.  Hits you hard! 10 April, 2013 On
    This is one of those not-so-well-known titles I just picked up on a whim on the Hyderabad airport many months back while I was passing time waiting for my delayed flight. Had never heard about the book or the author and it is a topic I have never really cared about. Even after buying the book, it was lost in my book shelf for all these months as I went through the titles higher up in my reading list. Only when I left behind by mistake the earlier book I was reading at my hometown this weekend, I ended up starting this book. And since then, I have been unable to put it down. The book is fact-based and the author does not mince words while stating the true state of affairs.

    You read the account of some of the sex slaves, the child labors, their stories of defeat and defiance, of courage and fear, and realize how fortunate you are to face such simpler battles in life. There is far less courage needed in you to face the challenges you are struggling with (the net result of which is a marginally more fulfilling life) than the determination and courage these people need to just ensure their survival and basic human dignity. Yet such is the human race, our mental and emotional make up, that even after knowing all this, we still get depressed and dejected over our own little troubles.

    You step back and a naive optimist in you wonders that there has to be a better way of distributing global wealth to make the different parts of the world less unequal and ensure minimum levels of food security to people in all parts of the world. But the realist in you that as of now there is no answer in sight. Communism was a disaster. Socialism has had its own severe shortcomings. Capitalism, while most popular as of now, is making the divide between the rich and the poor greater by the day. Where do we go from here?
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