More Information About Modern Day Slavery

There are 27 million slaves in the world today. Slaves are forced to work without pay, under threat of violence, and are unable to walk away. You can help! Awareness is the first step to abolition.


Interview with E. Benjamin Skinner (A good discussion of how he wrote the book and of the political climate)

21st Century Slaves by Andrew Cockburn National Geographic Magazine article (A good overview of the issue. The website offers pictures and individuals’ stories as well. The full article and resources are available in the Academic ASAP database.)

How We Can End Slavery by Kevin Bales National Geographic Magazine article (A short overview of how to fix the problem by a leader of the anti-slavery activist movement)

Human Trafficking Rises in Recession Time website article (A Summary of the 2009 Human Trafficking in Persons Report

Modern Day Slavery on the Rise” by Anderson Cooper (An Anderson Cooper online piece with one woman’s story as its focus)

Local Group Targets Modern Day Slavery in the Bay Area by Piyawan Rungsuk (A Dec. 15, 2009, news story of the  fight  against slavery in CA)

Top 10 Facts about Modern Slavery by Free The Slaves


Non-Profit and Government Groups:

Free the Slaves: The American Branch of Anti-Slavery International A non-profit organization committed to the eradication of modern-day slavery. The comprehensive website offers short videos, testimonials from former slaves, teaching materials, interactive maps, ways to help and more.

The Polaris Project: Information available on:

  • Human Trafficking Cheat Sheet
  • Common Myths and Misconceptions about Human Trafficking in the US
  • Human Trafficking Statistics
  • Types of Trafficking Cases in the US
  • Potential Trafficking Indicators
  • Understanding Victims’ Mindsets
  • Federal Law: Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Anti-Slavery International
is the oldest abolition organization in the world. The website offers teaching tools such as numerous short articles, up to date news briefs, video clips, and more.


A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern Day Slavery by Benjamin Skinner

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by Kevin Bales. Available on

Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy by John Bowe. Available on

To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today’s Slaves by Kevin Bales & Zoe Trodd. Available on

Video Clips and DVDs

DVD: E. Benjamin Skinner speaking at the Brookdale Visiting Writers Series (1 hour 10 minutes- available in the Brookdale library, catalogued under Visiting Writers Series)

DVD: E. Benjamin Skinner interviewed on the Brookdale Visiting Writers Series Show (30 minutes- available in the  Brookdale library, catalogued under Visiting Writers Series)

Video Clip: Kevin Bales, Pulitzer Prize nominee and leader of the anti-slavery activist movement, speaking at the Momentum Conference (21 minute clip)