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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 12, 2011 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 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
Dec 17, 2008 rated it liked it
3.5. This is good book, but really sad. I thought I knew about human trafficking but this book opened my eyes to all of its forms.
Jan 13, 2012 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
Jan 26, 2014 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
Jun 24, 2011 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
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).
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Erika RS
May 13, 2013 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
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
May 21, 2007 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
Unabridged and read by Lloyd Jones.

How this works - there is a chapter about each area of the world so the reader cannot mentally squirm out with a 'this doesn't apply to me' statement and then there is a sum-up followed with the organisations that are trying to help these slaves.

This was so distressing that a chapter a day sufficed and that chapter was early so I could cover it over with enough 'other material' before hitting the truckle. I found the stories of those representing church/organiz
Varinka Franco williams
"Not For Sale" is a captivating book that must be read. It's heartbreaking, it's emotional, it's gripping but ultimately it's inspirational and educational. 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 ...more
Apr 12, 2014 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 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern
An important that book that focuses on the horrors of the modern slave trade and some of the activists trying to deal with the issue. However, Batstone has little to say about the systemic problems that permit such slavery beyond poor law enforcement. Some more material on the demand side of slavery would have been a great addition to this book.
Krista Greer
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The content of the book is truly something that every person should be made aware of. Given that the author is both a Professor and a writer, I was disappointed in the structure and writing of the novel. These two things made the book a struggle to finish - it was that bad.
Emily Kamminga
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is so much going on in the world that we have no clue about. Everyone needs to read this book to open their eyes to what is going on in the world around them and how we need to get out of our comfortable state of mind.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone needs to read this book. No really. READ THIS BOOK. It's not the best written book ever (thus the three stars) but it is vital! We can totally fight this!
Mckenna Ryan
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
The book Not For Sale, published in 2007 and later revised in 2010, was written by University of San Francisco’s Business and Ethics Professor, David Batstone. Batstone has written 5 novels, Not For Sale being dedicated to the 30 million trapped in slavery. From India to Europe to our own backyards the novel discloses bona fide stories of child soldiers, slave labourers as well as the truth behind sex slavery and trafficking. The heart wrenching truths are not told in solitude as they are always ...more
Heather Edwards
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Slavery still exists all over the world. The US is no exception. Learn about those dedicated to fighting it and see how you can help. This is not an easy read but it is critical.
Azwa Ahmad
Jan 09, 2014 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
Chris Evans
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Go behind the facade in any major town or city in the world today and you are likely to find a thriving commerce in human beings. You may even find slavery in your own backyard"

Cambodia, Thailand, South Asia, Uganda, Europe, Peru, The United States of America. What do all these countries and regions have in common? Men, women, and children are forced to labor and have sex against their will throughout each area.

Human Trafficking, or modern slavery as it is referred to, is a problem in the 21st
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Not For Sale" is one of those rare occasions in which nonfictional writing and narrative storytelling come together to not only form a well-written book, but also drives home a message towards the real threat of modern-day slavery. David Batstone's "Not For Sale" is a nonfictional book that talks about the very real issue of modern-day slavery and goes into some of the more disturbing details behind it. He does so with each of his chapters focusing on a specific issue associated to a particular ...more
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
Kelsey Hanson
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book tackles a distressing topic and examines the many forms of human trafficking that occurs across the world including forced workers, child labor, forced prostitution, and even child soldiers. This book is very thorough and covers the many different forms that slavery can take through personal stories of both victims and activists. This book describes some pretty terrible things which are difficult to read, but these descriptions give you a scope of why human trafficking is such a crisis ...more
TEAR Australia
Feb 19, 2009 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
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
C.w. Second
Mar 22, 2011 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 t
Glen Stott
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In spite of the Civil War, slavery is alive and prospering in America and around the world. The slaves are mostly children, mostly girls, and mostly used in the sex trades. These slaves are owned, bought, and sold, by traffickers. The traffickers are not the evil, entitled, white Americans, but are primarily Asian men, Muslim men, and Black men. The clients (johns in the sex industry) are not primarily the evil, perverted, entitled white Americans on vacation, but are mostly Asian men, Muslim me ...more
G Stephen
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing

I have been working in Relief and Development for 26 years in Asia, particularly in war zones, refugee situations natural disasters, civil unrest and major social issues like trafficking. David Batstone gives a terrible, graphic picture of slavery in the 21st century from just about every continent. It grabs your heart and will not let you go. This issue will require the same kind of perserverance that William Wilbertforce overcame in abolishing slavery, changing laws and worldviews in the UK in
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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 gur ...more

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