From the first to the last page, this is a book I had difficulty putting down. It is very well-written and contains much factual data without getting lost in mere evidence. Rather, Skinner uses the gathered data to support the bulk of the book, the stories of the people affected by modern-day slavery. It's in the stories that this book finds its strength and its vitality. There are the stories of those desperate individuals bound by slavery but also the stories of those brave souls fighting this contemporary issue
I am not interested in politics at all, and so I found myself struggling during those sections of the book devoted to the more political side of things. And yet, even during those times, the book read like a novel examining the lives of those politicians involved rather than a documentary of their efforts.
The human story is what most grabbed my attention and my heart throughout this book. I found myself nearly in tears when reading of the families in Haiti. (I had to put the book down and pray a good half-hour before I was able to go on.) I was angry and mad at the traffickers in Moldova, where more women become slaves than live as free.
Read this book. It will not disappoint you. It will mess you up, though. My prayer is that God will use this book to open the eyes of many people to bring an end to this great evil in our own age.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-01-07 Today there are "more slaves than at any time in history," according to journalist Skinner's report on current and former slaves and slave dealers. Skinner's travelogue-cum-indictment focuses most sharply on Haiti, Sudan, Romania and India, and is interspersed with a detailed account of the work of John Miller, director of the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, or "America's antislavery czar." Skinner reiterates that sexual trafficking is only one component of slavery, but devotes the bulk of this book (when it is not following Miller's State Department career) to this issue. The text teeters toward the travelogue, taking the reader to "Dubai's most notorious brothel" and Skinner's adventures in "pos[ing] as a client to talk to women... [or] as an arms dealer to talk to traffickers." Nevertheless, Skinner's story merits reading, and not just because the cause is noble and the detail often fascinating, such as the moral complications of Christian Solidarity International's "redemption" or purchase of 85,000 slaves' freedom. Skinner's account of the internal workings of the State Department and the deep links to faith-based antislavery groups and their special interests is seriously newsworthy and, at times, moving. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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