"Human trafficking can only work if the victims remains invisible to the public eye". David Batstone's excellent book on human trafficking and slavery"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 fight , then Mr. Batstone has done us all a great service.
If possible, I truly "enjoyed" reading this book (though the subject is heart-breaking). It was written in a very "down to earth", easy to read, comprehensive manner, and provided a wealth of information. I believe we have a responsibility to educate ourselves and read books like this; it could so easily be us in these precarious, detestable situations. We are very lucky. My hope is that by educating ourselves and therefore becoming more aware to the atrocities around us, we will have the ability to make a difference and stand up for those who have been subjected to this. Educating ourselves will perhaps make us stand up to the traffickers, governments, and corrupt police and legal systems, and take notice to the lives around us, and make it that much more difficult for those profiting from this human slave trade.
It is sad to know that this is happening anywhere and everywhere--all around us, and instead of turning a blind eye, David Batstone has delved into the world of the victims and survivors to cast a light on these sadly ubiquitous, criminal, and cruel acts.
I found this book inspiring, informative, and compassionate. David Batstone provides numerous websites for those who are interested in pursuing the topic further and provides great tips on how we can make a difference and help. I highly recommend reading this book--for anyone and everyone. This is a great forum for starting a conversation, learning more, and hopefully making a step towards eradicating slavery once and for all....more
I really enjoyed this book. So often South America has been neglected in the news/media, often overshadowed by the plight and atrocities happening inI really enjoyed this book. So often South America has been neglected in the news/media, often overshadowed by the plight and atrocities happening in the Middle East, Balkans, and Africa. Gerry Hadden writes a beautiful, raw, honest, and unbiased recollection of his time covering the elections in Haiti, his time in Mexico, and reporting for NPR all over Latin America. I appreciate the honestly with which he wrote this book, and the detail with which he described certain life events, his thoughts and feelings, and some of the characters. Once I got into the book, I really had a hard time wanting to put it down. I hope he writes many more books in the future. I appreciate the pictures (although not enough!) he added as an insert in the middle of the book. I wish he had included more! I highly recommend this book....more