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Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  174 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Just outside Toronto, a 14-year-old Canadian girl was auctioned on the internet for men to purchase by the hour. A young woman was taken by slave traders from an African war zone to Edmonton to earn greater profits by exploiting her in prostitution. A gang called Wolfpack recruited teenagers in Quebec and sold them for sex to high-profile men in the community. The global p ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Viking Canada
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Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What an eye-opening book about human trafficking in Canada (and Canada's influence in human trafficking abroad). A comprehensive book that starts with a glimpse of human trafficking and the sex trade abroad and then continues to outline Canadian laws and policies (or lack thereof) regarding the internet, human trafficking within our own boarders, prosecuting human traffickers, and treatment of victims.

Some of the most shocking details included the following:

- States like New York have policies
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
All I have to say is - wow, this book is eye opening.
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canada, vancouver
Very important. Very depressing, but so important. I think a lot of people have no idea just how pervasive this problem is in our society; I think everyone will be shocked by at least a few of the things in this book. It's leaving me with a lot t

My only complaints are these: first that the organization of the book felt troubled at times; it seemed like a lot of things just got repeated over and over, and stories would get split in weird places (half of the story of a person appearing in, say, ch
Lisa  Shamchuk
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Perrin's book was useful in rounding out my knowledge of sex trafficking, but was just...well a bit boring. It was well researched, and the personal stories where there, but I felt like he talked in circles and sometimes repeated concepts. I skimmed a lot. However, it was still worth a read and I still learned stuff.

Congrégation de Notre-dame
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Many very good books have been written on human trafficking in the last few years. I would highly recommend those written by Richard Poulin, Victor Malarak, Somaly Mam, Isabel Vincent, Melissa Farley. The one I want to comment though is INVISIBLE CHAINS, by Benjamin Perrin.*
It happens often that one takes a decision in life and is led to a path that was not clearly defined at first. It seems to me that such was the case for Mr. Perrin. While talking with his university friends, he became aware o
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
You know, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Deep in our history of struggle for freedom, Canada was the North Star.”

After reading Benjamin Perrin’s “Invisible Chains,” I really doubt that victims of modern-day slavery and human trafficking can view Canada in the same light.

Interestingly, Perrin’s book was what prompted me to start reading up on modern-day slavery — I heard him on the radio with John Tory and decided to check his book out.

It just happened that I wound up reading Kevin Bales’
Shonna Froebel
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian
Wow. I was aware that human trafficking was going on in the world and even in Canada, but several things in this book really surprised me. First, I was surprised at the extent of this crime here. Second, I was surprised at the lack of arrests and convictions, especially given the extent. Canada is an embarrassment among other countries on several counts. This is especially interesting given Harper's "law and order" platform. Here are some criminals he can really go after, victims he can really r ...more
Dianne Kaucharik
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drugs-crime
This book was an enlightening and startling exposé of human trafficking of persons for the sex trade and for labour. Perrin shares numerous stories and facts to demonstrate that the problem is pervasive here in Canada, the "true north stong and free", but that our failure to adequately address the problem and to support its victims serves to perpetuate modern day slavery both here and abroad. I found the book to be a thorough and well written overview as well as a call to action with numerous, s ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot and it was really interesting to read. The solutions were way too focused on higher penalties for traffickers and purchasers as well as services after the fact than on tangible prevention. Perrin says the driving factor behind trafficking is money, which is true in some ways but I would say the factors are (among others) sexism, racism, and classism - particularly with sex trafficking. Exploitation stems from the way we value groups of people in our society, and until tha ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

A excellent and comprehensive book about Canada's complete incompetence when it comes to combating trafficking of persons. If sure there are plenty of people trying to do their best with what they have in terms of resources but it is incredible how inadequate of a response there is by all levels of government. The research is thorough and it's a great jumping off point for anyone that wants to learn more about the issues.
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