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Slavery Today

Written by Kevin Bales

& Becky Cornell

Edited by Jane Springer

Series Title: Groundwork Guides

  • 144 Pages
  • 9780888997739
  • 7.130" x 5.100"
  • Reading age to 14
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Situations / Prejudice & Racism


Publication Date August 01, 2008

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail

Twenty-seven million people -- young and old, men and women -- are locked in bondage worldwide. Slavery Today traces the products created by this inhuman system from the jungle and farm through the global markets and into our lives and homes.

Co-authored by the world's leading experts on modern slavery, it unpacks the controversies over prostitution and the buying back of slaves while setting out solutions and demonstrating how readers can get involved in the global anti-slavery movement.

Selected for the Booklist Top 10 Youth Series - Nonfiction 2007


Kevin Bales
Kevin Bales is the world's leading expert on modern slavery. He is president of Free the Slaves, the US sister-organization of Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest human rights group. His book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, published in ten languages and made into a film that won two Emmys and the Peabody Award. He is Emeritus Professor, Roehampton University, London.

Becky Cornell
Becky Cornell has published on US anti-slavery law, and is an aide in the United States Congress, where she serves an advisor on human trafficking and human rights. She lives in Washington.

Jane Springer
Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.


"Authoritative and passionate...a horrifying account of contemporary slavery across the globe...for readers who want to get involved..." Booklist

"The book's short chapters should give readers plenty to talk about...Bales and Cornell employ clear, jargon-free language that...doesn't shy away from the seriousness and horror of modern-day slavery." Quill & Quire

"...the authors work hard to bring the issues to life for their readers." Canadian Literature