Romeo Dallaire's passion and expertise is so incredibly evident in this book. His humanitarian heart mixed with his military background provides a uniRomeo Dallaire's passion and expertise is so incredibly evident in this book. His humanitarian heart mixed with his military background provides a unique look at the issue of child soldiers. It took me quite a while to soak up this book. I didn't find the writing to be filled with unnecessary jargon, but the rawness and sincerity of his writing was a lot to take in; I could only read about a chapter at a time and over a long period of time.
It would benefit me to regularly re-read his last chapter on "What you can do" - he has important words for anyone engaged in social justice issues or passionate about making a positive difference. In this chapter, Dallaire really emphasizes 1) the rich technological powers we hold to connect with others and make positive change, and 2) the importance of youth/young adults in being the generation that will make the most difference. This chapter is especially timely now (our Canadian federal election is in a few months) as he has quite a bit to say about challenging our politicians to make a positive difference and be accountable to what constituents care about. "Don't tell me you're not being heard - it's that you're not speaking. You may roll out to the streets of Toronto to protest G20 meetings or travel to Copenhagen to voice your opinion on the climate change conference, but overall your age group is letting political leaders off easily because you aren't forcing them to craft a vision of how we are going to move the country forward. So far as I can tell, you aren't consistently demanding your rightful place in the political process. The political elite thrive on the non-participation of the vast majority of citizens and end up being driven more by the media than by the individuals that comprise a country... Without your voices and leadership, the political will to intervene in the world's toughest and most intractable hot spots will simply not materialize." (p. 256).
Drawing on some incredible activists (Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., etc), Dallaire says "Individuals who possessed no apparent power, wealth, influence, connections, or even the technological tools you have at your fingertips today, harnessed their passion and changed the world. Seismic change can happen over a lifetime, or in an instant" (p. 243). I could have taken a highlighter to most of the last chapter just to draw inspiration from his empowering words.
I saw so many parallels between the traumas and obstacles both child soldiers and survivors of domestic sex trafficking face in exiting and recovery. Lack of funding, lack of awareness and empathy from those in positions of ability to help, lack of services, etc.
I know his expertise is African child soldiers, but I would have appreciated learning more about the scope of this atrocity worldwide. However, this gap is not enough to make me want to give the book less stars!...more
Fantastic book providing insight into gang-related prostitution/human trafficking. Although it is an academically published research, the book wasn'tFantastic book providing insight into gang-related prostitution/human trafficking. Although it is an academically published research, the book wasn't riddled with academic jargon. It is a book that is beneficial to academics and social workers alike as it provides research findings and presents practical best practices for interacting with survivors of gang-related prostitution. ...more
I truly wanted to love (or even just like...) this book! I've heard so much about it, and perhaps my expectations were just set too high? The author'sI truly wanted to love (or even just like...) this book! I've heard so much about it, and perhaps my expectations were just set too high? The author's intentions and passion are clearly positively motivated. The afterword even states, "Where I have exercised literary license in service of the story, I have done so sensitively, with an eye toward authenticity. There is no need to sensationalize modern slavery." However, as I was reading the word "sensationalize" kept popping up in my mind. Books like this further perpetuate the idea that trafficking is primarily an international phenomenon that involves kidnapping, forcible confinement, and being locked in basements... Does this happen? Yes. But a huge component of human trafficking, especially in North America, involves emotional manipulation and this book doesn't give this element enough attention. Human trafficking aside, the writing just didn't hold my attention and the plot was just too predictable for my liking... I think Corban Addison is an incredible person, and I hate to rate this book only 2 stars......more
I had the privilege of listening to Theresa Flores speak this past week. Her story is so important for people to read to understand how domestic sex tI had the privilege of listening to Theresa Flores speak this past week. Her story is so important for people to read to understand how domestic sex trafficking can operate within North America. Though Theresa Flores is American, so many elements of her story are similar to some of the Canadian victims of domestic sex trafficking.
There are multiple grammar and spelling errors throughout the book, and I tend to be distracted by things like this. Theresa Flores has described this book as a process of purging, therefore much of the writing and details are raw; it is evident that writing this book and publishing her story is part of Theresa's healing process.
This book could have used further editing to help with some of the grammatical and spelling errors (and even with some of the flow of the book), but I still think it is worthy of 5 stars because the content is so important! Many people don't truly understand domestic sex trafficking, and the mindset of human trafficking victims could be better understood if more people read this book. ...more
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 reFirst 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 is meant to open readers' eyes to the realities of slavery today by giving a glimpse of various areas of trafficking and slavery in many areas of the world. Batstone highlights many incredible organizations doing work in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe. This book is not long - I thought I could read it in a day or two. But the material is heavy. I found myself having to take frequent breaks to digest all the stories and experiences. As heavy as the material is, it really only skims the surface each topic of slavery; a good overview of modern day slavery giving the reader an opportunity to discover the topic broadly and then find other books and organizations to dive depper. ...more
Somaly Mam's book is one of courage and determination. A survivor of sex trafficking, Somaly Mam now works to rescue others. The stories she shares arSomaly Mam's book is one of courage and determination. A survivor of sex trafficking, Somaly Mam now works to rescue others. The stories she shares are devestating. There were times when what I read made me want to scream and cry. The injustice and devestation of what so many girls face around the world is heartwrenching. I think anyone who read this book would be spurred into wanting to act in the anti-slavery movement, but that's one thing this book lacked - practical suggestions to those who wanted to become more involved in the abolitionist movement. Somaly Mam fails to point out that trafficking is prevalent in countries around the world including Western regions like Europe and North America. While I understand that her book and experiences focus on slavery in Cambodia, I wish Somaly Mam would have provided more recognition that sex trafficking is a global issue and provided some suggestions on how to be an abolitionist in your home country. The book provided a perfect platform to spur others into action; it details horrific stories that move peoples' hearts, but then fails to use the opportunity to direct the reader's compassion and desire to act....more