Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Alison Marie Behnke
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
From forced labor to sex slavery, Up for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery gives a comprehensive overview of contemporary slave situations across the globe. The book begins by briefly acquainting the reader with a history of slavery, and tying trends from the past with the current slave environment. Slave labor, sex slavery, and child slaves are explained in individual chapters. The final chapter presents the reader with action steps to fight human trafficking and slavery.
Up for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery is a perfect introduction to the issue of contemporary slavery. While topics such as sex slavery are discussed, details are kept to a respectable minimum while maintaining the severity of the situation. This book addresses heavy topics in a manner comprehensible to children ages ten and up with adult participation to clarify situations and answer questions. However, while this book may be an appropriate starting point for exposure to the topic, it isn’t a good resource for serious research. Many links found within the book are inaccessible to the lay user or are broken altogether, and while the bibliography contains many valuable resources for additional research, key players in the anti-slavery movement are woefully absent from the organization list at the end of the volume.
*Contains moderate sexual content