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

Type: non-fiction/sociology

Page Count: 301

Received by: Purchased at Borders Bookstore in Ames, Iowa prior to moving to Korea.  I’ve been fingering the binding of that book ever since I saw it a few years ago.

Started reading: 25 January 2011

Finished reading: 30 January 2011

Interest level: 10 – Human Trafficking/Sexual Slavery are the two most important issues that I believe humanity has to face.  This book tells stories from every corner of the earth – from forced bondage, sexual slavery, child slavery, trafficking of children, etc. – and how we are all responsible for each day that it continues.

Ease of read: 7 – Batstone writes really well and weaves many stories of despair with equal doses of hope.  He melts facts into personal tales of loss and triumph, hate and love.  But it’s still very difficult to read about the terrible things humans do to each other – not the least of which is choose ignorance so they can live their lives without thinking about those in bondage today.

Life changer: 10 – I can’t go back to the way I was before.

Recommendation level: 10 – If you are a human, if you are a consumer, it is your responsibility to know that this is happening and make sure that you aren’t part of the problem AND that you are part of the solution.

TTBR Synopsis: A man realizes that slavery is happening in his home town, and he travels the world for a year to find out what it looks like worldwide.  What he finds will make you cry, moan, and want to tear your hair out – and will definitely make you want to do something to free the slaves.

Bonus Information: The author of this book is the co-founder of the organization of the same name – Not for Sale.  I met him in Seoul last month, and his organization has tons of amazing (and even easy and fun) ideas and opportunities to help end worldwide slavery.  I’ve been reporting about some of those ways here on this blog, but please don’t wait one more day to educate yourself – or read this book!