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Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade—and How We Can Fight It

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Today, the human trafficking trade generates $31 billion annually and enslaves 27 million people around the globe, half of which are children under the age of 18. In this book, David Batstone profiles the new generation of abolitionists who are leading the struggle to end this appalling epidemic.
Paperback, 301 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mar 14, 2011 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that everyone should read. Men, women, teenagers. It's not an easy book to read. Not because it doesn't flow or it isn't well-organized, because it is very well-written. But, the material can at times be so brutal and incomprehensible. We don't want to know that the shoes we are wearing were made by children under horrific conditions; and the food at our local restaurant is being prepared by slave labor. It's so much easier to stick our heads in a hole and pretend that all of this ...more
Jason Sixsmith
Mar 16, 2008 Jason Sixsmith rated it really liked it
It is estimated that around 1 million people, mostly children, are kidnapped every year by organized crime circles. Most of these victims are then trafficked into foreign lands and sold to pimps/brothel owners wo in turn will have them raped, by paying customers, several times a day until their bodies become completely ravaged by the abuse and disease... usually before the age of 25. This book takes a global look at the problem by addressing what is going on in most every continent. The author c ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Ariel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Everybody should read this book. If you think slavery was stamped out in the 1800's you would be very much mistaken. 27 million people are currently enslaved in the world, half of them are under the age of 18. This book is a call out for the modern abolitionists to save them. The book is set up in chapters covering sexual slaves in Cambodia and Thailand, the child soldiers of Uganda, sexual exploitation in Europe, the lost children of Peru, and even slavery in our own backyards in the US. Parts ...more
The good of this is that it looks at different countries and different types of slavery as well as gives you ways to aid the ending of it.

The bad - a little too much focus on personal stories.

Still, I am glad I read it and it does have plenty of facts (nicely cited).
Jan 04, 2016 Hadeel rated it really liked it
قرأت النسخة المترجمة إلى العربية من الكتاب.

موجع هذا الكتاب ومليء بالألم لا سيما إذا أخذنا بالإعتبار أن كل ما كتب فيه هي قصص وحوادث حقيقية وقعت في نفس العالم الذي نعيشه اليوم!

أقرأ وأتعجب، أشعر بأن هذا العالم كبير إلى درجة حدوث أشياء لا نتوقع حدوثها في هذه الأيام. عالم وحشي هو هذا العالم الذي لا نراه. هل فعلًا ما زال عدد البشر العبيد يفوق مليون إنسان في جميع أنحاء العالم؟ إنسان سلبت حريته وحقه بأن يعيش حياة كريمة، إنسان يباع ويشترى وكأنه سلعة! فعلًا شيء يوجع القلب وما يوجعه أكثر عدم معرفتنا أو
Feb 06, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Here in lies my passion...
Do you ever just cry out to God and say why am I here? What passion have you given me? What can I do? Say it and I'll go. Well, I did. And the first thing God presented to me was the issue of human trafficking. I suppose God thinks a lot of me or at least He knows He can do a lot through me since this issue is overwhelming. 6 months ago, I really had never heard the phrase. It certainly hadn't resonated with me. Now I think about it constantly. I wonder if that is the r
Barbara Skuplik
"Human trafficking can only work if the victims remains invisible to the public eye".
David Batstone's excellent book on human trafficking and slavery is captured perfectly by this quote from the book. Each chapter takes you through a different country and a different form of slavery, opening your eyes to the horrific travesties that are often occurring right under our noses. Ignorance only serves the traffickers and those benefiting from this, and if knowledge is the best defense and way to fig
Jun 24, 2011 Book rated it it was amazing
Not For Sale by David Batstone

"Not For Sale" is one of those books that will leave in an indelible mark in your being. David Batstone has written an eye-opening account on the existing crisis of global human slavery. This fascinating book will take you through various personal accounts of the victims, survivors and abolitionist activists. It is a mind-changing, inspirational book that is a call for action. This 320-page book is composed of the following six chapters: 1. Shining Light into the S
Erika RS
May 13, 2013 Erika RS rated it really liked it
This book was a heartbreaking and difficult read. It described modern, global slavery, including here in the US (although the US examples, as terrible as they are, seem tame when compared to many of the horrors described).

Despite the diverse locations and types of slavery, slavery and human trafficking stories have common themes. Slavery and human trafficking exploit the weakest members of society. These are usually people who live in poverty or in an unstable community (refugees are a prime tar
May 21, 2007 Jeremy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in a macro picture of human trafficking
Not for Sale provides a snapshot of the problem of human trafficking as it exists in the 21st century. The book is intended as a primer on the subject for a general audience, and it is useful as such. The author provides snapshots of particular problem areas within human trafficking (child soldiers in Uganda, sexual slavery in SE Asia, forced laborers in India and Pakistan), and highlights the people working to solve these difficult problems in equal measure with the problems themselves. If the ...more
Brandon Haan
Feb 17, 2013 Brandon Haan rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. I mean that in all seriousness. "Not for Sale" may indeed be one of the most important exposes of our time. The fact that the global slave trade is ongoing and as widespread as it is (with over 30 million slaves held in bondage around the world today) and as invisible as it is (often unreported or ignored) is a evil beyond my ability to articulate.

This book will alternatively make you desperately sad, optimistically hopeful, passionately angry, and firmly resolve
May 21, 2014 Maddie rated it it was amazing
"In our world today, more than 30 million people live as slaves. The power is on the side of the oppressors at the moment, but the number of abolitionists is on the rise. They will wipe away the tears of the oppressed and deliver justice to the oppressors. The movement gains momentum each time a new individual joins. It's your time. We need you. I am not for sale. You are not for sale. No one should be for sale."
Mar 31, 2015 Johanna rated it it was amazing
I read the second edition of this book (I believe this image is from the first edition).

It is the first text I've read specifically about human trafficking, but I am fairly knowledgeable about the topic. I would say that this is a great introductory text to the issue of human trafficking in the world. The second edition was published in 2009, so it's older than some of the other texts out there, but this one is great for someone just getting acquainted with the issue of human trafficking in the
Ellen Harney
"Not For Sale" by David Batstone -nonfiction

The author's purpose in writing this book is to reveal the horrifying tragedies of sex trafficking and Global Slave Trade. These two things have become all too common in today's world. Batstone gives insight into many organizations and ministries which fight against these terrible acts, and he also tells numerous true stories of victims. In telling these stories, David Baststone tears at the emotions of the reader through the humbling testimonies of
Monica Fastenau
May 12, 2015 Monica Fastenau rated it it was amazing
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This is not a light and fluffy read. If you’ve never before studied the magnitude and severity of human trafficking, you’ll be shocked. Even if you have, you’ll be saddened. But you’ll also be encouraged. The author does a good job of telling stories of real people, not only those who have been trafficked or who have been traffickers, but also of those who are doing their best to rescue others and provide them with a better life.
Apr 27, 2015 NK rated it really liked it
As hard as it is to read about sex trafficking, it still astonishes me how this still happens in this day & age, just horrible. The book is focused on Asian countries where this happens at a significantly higher rate than other countries. I think this is hard for people to stomach hence the semi-warning about how this is for "mature" folks. I find this to be such an important topic that most people don't discuss, like ever because it's a very hard, sad thing to cover. But this happens everyw ...more
TEAR Australia
Feb 19, 2009 TEAR Australia rated it really liked it
Review by Mary-Elizabeth Denmark


The subtitle of this informative and challenging book confronts the readers with the horror of something perhaps many of us believed had ceased with the official abolition of slavery 200 years ago. David Batstone is Professor of Ethics at the University of San Francisco. He has also been the director of Sojourners magazine for six years.

Batstone shares his first exposure to slavery at a favorite Indian restauran
Aug 14, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
First of all, how did it take me this long to read this book!? A "staple" in the collection of human trafficking books, yet I've been so focused on researching domestic sex trafficking that I've somehow not gotten around to reading Not For Sale until now.
This book highlights many aspects of modern slavery: sex slavery, forced labour, bonded labour, child soldiers. (One topic that was missing though was forced marriage, one area of modern slavery that often gets looked over I find...). This book
Jan 14, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Very emotionally draining book to read. I had to stop every few pages to wipe tears away and go hug my boys (ages 8, 5, and 2). Forced labor in India, child soldiers in Uganda, human trafficking for sex slavery in eastern Europe and southeast Asia. There are some incredibly evil people in this world doing horrible things to other people - most reprehensibly, defenseless children. But there are some incredibly good people making significant differences, too. These brave souls put themselves at ri ...more
Aug 19, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
"Not for Sale" focuses on victims of modern-day slavery in its many forms, side-by-side with the experiences and stories of individuals and organizations that have risen up to help victims of the slave trade. The scope of the book matches the scope of the problem: It's in many countries, in many forms, from young women exploited in brothels in Cambodia to child soldiers and their "wives" in Uganda to street children in Peru to victims forced into labor in the United States. The book provides two ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book when I went with my good friend Kimmy to Seoul for a Not For Sale conference. David Batstone is an entertaining speaker, and his book (though more serious than his delightful, joke-infused presentations) also does not disappoint. This book (and conference) was a total wake-up call to me. I knew that slavery existed today in some aspects, but I was made aware of the prevalence of slavery (sex slaves, forced labor, and domestic slavery) which occurs in every country in the wo ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Bryon rated it really liked it

I've been listening to Not for Sale in audio book format on my walk man while I run (listening to audio books or studies is a brilliant way to continue learning while getting in shape).

Listening to this blew my mind. My first instinct about the idea of modern slavery is to stay ignorant. But what do you do once you know? Is there a way to just go back to comfortable, blissful ignorance? It feels unnatural to wish for that.

How does one become an abolitionist in the 21st century? Here's one place
Dec 13, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
This is really a pretty excellent overview of human trafficking. The reader is given a look into a variety of types of trafficking, including forced labor, sex trafficking, and child soldiering, and how it is practiced in several different countries of the world. Interspersed with the straightforward information are both stories of victims to present a human aspect of the problem (those parts might make you cry--fair warning) and stories of individuals who have begun efforts to fight human traff ...more
Ali M.
Feb 25, 2012 Ali M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone needs to read this book. I really cannot think of a viable excuse not to. Human trafficking is the single biggest social justice issue the world is facing right now, and not enough people know about it. Sure, we've all heard about it, but in most cases it's been given shockingly little context. This book provides all the context I've been missing,detailing how widespread and deeply rooted the global slave trade is in virtually every region of the world.

Thankfully, the gutwrenching pers
C.w. Second
Mar 22, 2011 C.w. Second rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Review in Progress. Here are some of my thoughts while reading it:

Not For Sale by David Batstone

One- Shining Light into the Darkness

A terrible terrible land of sex trafficking. Often young women are raped, therefore taking their honor. The woman are so shamed their families will reject them as well as future suitors, so often they feel more "compelled" to follow their abductors orders. One can walk down the street and see men with their "girls". The general viewpoint of someone on th
Nov 10, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow, what a hard book to read. It was tough to read about women and children who have gone through and continue to go through hard/terrible things that I will hopefully never have to endure. I read these books to be inspired and this is definitely an inspiring read. I want to be a jewelry consultant for an organization who employs women who have been freed from sex slavery by having them make and sell jewelry to earn money. What a creative way to help girls escape and make a free life for themse ...more
Azwa Ahmad
Jan 13, 2014 Azwa Ahmad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a call for potential abolitionists, a call for the new generation of abolitionist that will come forward to reinforce the power of existing abolitionists: a power on the rise, and one that has the potential to arrest human trafficking and global slave trade. David Batstone, time and again, reminded the readers that as a single individual we must not undermine our potentials to save the world. From his book, he proved that to be an abolitionist, we could simply start by saying, “That ...more
Aug 05, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Another book meriting 5 stars, simply because of the sobering truth it reveals about the modern slave and human-trafficking reality. People, read this book and be both burdened and empowered to play a part in fighting this modern form of a timeless evil. The author, though candid about the disheartening realities of human trafficking, educates his audience through very vivid and hopeful stories about individuals who've been rescued out of this vicious cycle, and many of the brave women and men w ...more
This book is a must-read. Batstone first learned about human trafficking (i.e., modern slavery) when he discovered the waitresses at his favorite Indian restaurant were slaves. The point of this book is to inspire a new wave of abolitionists who will work against slavery in all its guises throughout the world. Each chapter is a blending of two stories (or more): one of a slave and one of a person who created an organization to fight slavery. So we read about forced prostitution (sex slavery) in ...more
Hank Pharis
Aug 09, 2014 Hank Pharis rated it liked it
Very sobering and depressing BUT very important book. Hard to believe that slavery is a bigger problem today than it ever has been.
Worst yet the majority of the slaves are female children or teens who are being forced to be provide sex. There are some good stories here of
rescuing such slaves. Also good recommendations as to how to become involved against this. Every American ought to read this or
a similar book and work against this evil.
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David Batstone, Ph.D., is Professor of Ethics at the University of San Francisco. His book Saving the Corporate Soul & (Who Knows?) Maybe Your Own won the prestigious Nautilus Award for Best Business Book. Batstone also serves as Senior Editor of the business magazine Worthwhile, and was a cofounder of Business 2.0. Batstone appears regularly in USA Today's Weekend Edition as "America's ethics ...more
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