Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery
Collected by Gloria Steinem

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 your awareness of a global human rights crisis that can no longer be ignored.


photo credit: Emily Meneghin


Disposable People
Kevin Bales

Kevin Bales’ disturbing story of slavery today reaches from brick kilns in Pakistan and brothels in Thailand to the offices of multinational corporations, along with investigations in Inida, Mauritania, and Brazil. Bales offers suggestions for combating the new slavery and provides examples of very positive results from organizations such as Anti-Slavery International, the Pastoral Land Commission in Brazil, and the Human Rights Commission in Pakistan.


For Sale: Women and Children
Igor Davor Gaon: Nancy Forbord

The book describes how poverty, demand for paid sex, corruption, and organized crime have ensnared women and children of Southeast Europe in the horrendous web of human trafficking and what can be done to stop it.


Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale, and Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself
Rachel Lloyd

During her teens, Rachel Lloyd ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. With time, through incredible resilience, and with the help of a local church community, she finally broke free of her pimp and her past and devoted herself to helping other young girls escape “the life.” In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark world of commercial sex trafficking in cinematic detail and tells the story of her groundbreaking nonprofit organization: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS). With great humanity, she shares the stories of the girls whose lives GEMS has helped – small victories that have healed her wounds. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.


Half the Sky
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Half the Sky is a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. With Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity and ultimately hope. Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part.


In Our Backyard
Nita Belles

In Our Backyard invites the reader in to the lives of human trafficking victims, survivors, and the traffickers themselves with true stories. These stories not only inform the reader, but also take them quickly through a well-documented crash course about human trafficking – better described as modern-day slavery – in the United States. A quick read which includes study questions for small groups, In Our Backyard could change your life and save lives around you.


Modern Slavery: The Secret World of 27 Million People
Kevin Bales, Zoe Trodd and Alex Kent Williamson

Written by the world’s leading experts and campaigners, this book blends original research with shocking first-hand accounts from slaves themselves around the world to reveal the truth behind one of the worst humanitarian crises facing us today. Only a handful of slaves are reached and freed each year, but the authors offer hope for the future with a global blueprint that proposes to end slavery in our lifetime and shut down a market that has transformed human beings into something cheap and disposable.


Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We Can Fight It
David Batstone

Human trafficking generates $32 billion annually and enslaves 30 million people, half of them children. David Batstone profiles the new generation of abolitionists who are leading the movement. This groundbreaking global report is now updated with the latest findings, new stories, and statistics that highlight what is being done to end this appalling epidemic – and how you can join the movement.


Not in My Town: Exposing and Ending Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery
Dillon Burroughs and Charles Powell

Not in My Town answers questions and promotes discussion about human trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced labor, and agricultural slavery 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 world views who share the common call to stop injustice.


Prostitution, Power and Freedom
Julia O’Connell Davidson

Prostitution, Power and Freedom brings new insights to the ongoing debate among scholars, activists, and others on the controversial subject of prostitution. Sociologist Julia O’Connell Davidson’s concise, accessibly-written study is based on wide research from various corners of the world. The study employs a range of theoretical analyses and argues against simplistic explanations of the prostitution phenomenon, showing it to be a complex relationship where economics, power relations, gender, age, class, and “choice” intersect.


Refuse To Do Nothing
Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim

The sad truth is, slavery never ended. It just went underground, where it continues to exploit powerless men, women and children in horrific ways throughout the world. Now for the good news: you have power. In Refuse to Do Nothing, “Abolitionist Mamas” Shayne Moore and Kimberly Yim share their stories of coming to terms with the power available to them in their normal, everyday lives. Slavery doesn’t end without a fight. Get to know Shayne and Kimberly and their abolitionist friends, and you’ll find the power God grants to all who fight for the powerless, and the joy awaiting those who refuse to do nothing.


Selling Olga: Stories of Human Trafficking
Louisa Waugh

It seems inconceivable in the 21st century, but human trafficking is now the world’s fastest-growing illegal industry: according to U.S. government estimates, between 700,000 and two million people have become victims. Following three years of in-depth research, award-winning author and journalist, Louisa Waugh, has produced a vivid, unflinching account of how this immoral commerce operates and why it thrives. Throughout Eastern Europe, a combination of war and poverty has led to women being sold in bars, confined, and coerced into sex work. And while Waugh focuses especially on one woman, Olga, who tells her own story in angry, heartbreaking detail, she also introduces us to many others across Europe including Nigerian women in Italy and migrants trapped in other forms of forced labor.


Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
Siddharth Kara

In this book, Kara provides a riveting account of his journey into the unconscionable industry of sex trafficking, sharing this moving stories of its victims and revealing the shocking conditions of their exploitation. He draws on his background in finance, economics, and law to provide the first ever business analysis of contemporary slavery worldwide, focusing on its most profitable and barbaric form: sex trafficking. Kara describes the local factors and global economic forces that gave rise to this and other forms of modern slavery over the past two decades and quantifies, for the first time, the size, growth, and profitability of each industry.


Slave Hunter
Aaron Cohen

From living the rock star life to wading through the world’s war zones, refugee camps, and brothels, Aaron Cohen left behind his closest friends, his dying father, and his partnership with a legendary musician to take on treacherous rescue missions in search of modern-day slaves. He navigates the oppressive territory of pimps and drug lords, cloaked in the all-too-familiar world of substance abuse, oversized egos, and changing rules. In a remarkable expose of this sinister trade most of us will never experience first-hand, rocker-turned-antislavery activist Aaron Cohen reveals the fast-paced, timely, inspiring, and unforgettable story of a real life Slave Hunter.


Slavery Today: Groundwork Guides
Kevin Bales

In Slavery Today, Kevin Bales and Becky Cornell uncover the shadowy world of human trafficking, debt bondage, forced labor and other types of modern slavery in countries all over the world. Using first-person accounts and a compelling analysis they make the links between slavery and poverty, war, environmental degradation and economic crisis – and motivate readers to consider their own roles in the global anti-slavery movement.


Terrify No More: Young Girls Held Captive and the Daring Undercover Operation to Win their Freedom
Gary Haugen

In a small village outside Phnom Penh, children as young as five are bought and sold as sex slaves. In Terrify No More an international team of investigators goes undercover to infiltrate this ring of brothels and gather evidence needed to free these girls. Meanwhile, skilled legal minds race the clock, working at the highest levels of U.S. and foreign governments to bring the perpetrators to justice. Headed up by former U.N. war-crimes investigator, Gary Haugen, the team perseveres against impossible obstacles – police corruption, death threats and mission-thwarting tip-offs – in a mission focused on bringing freedom to the victims.


The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It
Victor Malarek

From socioeconomic background to emotional stability, Malarek investigates the root of the cause of prostitution and attacks the idea that prostitution is a victimless crime. He explores the efficacy of Sweden’s outlawing the buying—rather than the selling—of sex, and its dramatic impact on the country’s prostitution rates. The Johns is a chilling look into a dark corner of the world that these men have created at the expense of countless women and children.


The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America
Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter

In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In The Slave Next Door, we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, or the man sweeping the floor of the local department store.


The Politics of Trafficking
Stephanie Limoncelli

Initially conceived as a global humanitarian effort to protect women from sexual exploitation, the movement’s feminist-inspired vision failed to achieve its universal goal and gradually gave way to nationalist concerns over “undesirable” migrants and state control over women themselves. Addressing issues that are still of great concern today, this book sheds light on the ability of international non-governmental organizations to challenge state power, the motivations for state involvement in humanitarian issues pertaining to women, and the importance of gender and sexuality to state officials engaged in nation building.


The Slave Across the Street
Theresa Flores and Peggy Sue Wells

In this powerful true story, Theresa Flores shares how her life as an all American, 15 year-old teenager changed when she became enslaved into the dangerous world of sex trafficking – all while living at home with unsuspecting parents in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit. Her story peels the cover off of this horrific criminal activity and gives dedicated activists as well as casual bystanders a glimpse into the underbelly of human trafficking. With insights and perspectives from a doctor, a friend, and her own brother, Theresa’s memoir provides a well-rounded portrait of the dark world of human trafficking and serves as a reminder of the most important clement to overcoming slavery: hope.


The Road of Lost Innocence
Somaly Mam

A riveting and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hope by a woman in Time’s Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, Somaly Mam of Cambodia was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. She suffered unspeakable acts of brutality and witnessed horrors that would haunt her for the rest of her life until, in her early twenties, she managed to escape. Unable to forget the girls she left behind, Mam became a tenacious and brave leader in the fight against human trafficking, rescuing sex workers – some as young as five and six – offering them shelter, rehabilitation, healing, and love and leading them into new life. The Road of Lost Innocence is a memoir that will leave you awestruck by the courage and strength of this extraordinary woman and will renew your faith in power of an individual to bring about change.


What’s Love Got to Do With it? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic (Latin America Otherwise)
Denise Brennan

In locations around the world, sex tourism is a booming business. What’s Love Got to Do with It? is an in-depth examination of the motivations of workers, clients, and others connected to the sex tourism business in Sosua, a town on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Denise Brennan considers why Dominican and Haitian women move to Sosua to pursue sex work and describes how tourists, primarily Europeans, come to Sosua to buy sex cheaply and live out radicalized fantasies. For the sex workers, Brennan explains, the sex trade is more than a means of survival – it is an advancement strategy that hinges on their successful “performance” of love. Many of these women seek to turn a commercialized sexual transaction into a long-term relationship that could lead to marriage, migration, and a way out of poverty.


Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them
Julian Sher

Meet the girls who are fighting for their dignity, the cops who are trying to rescue them, and the community activists battling to protect the nation’s most forsaken children. Author Julian Sher takes you behind the scenes to expose one of America’s most underreported crimes. Survivors of the sex trade in New York, Phoenix, and Minneapolis set up shelters and rescue centers that offer young girls a chance to break free from the streets. “The sex trade is the new drug trade,” says one FBI special agent, and Somebody’s Daughter is a call to action, shining a light on America’s dirty little secret.