This is not a “Christian” book, but it is a book that Christians should read. Everyone accepts that slavery is an evil thing, perpetrated by bad people. However, we also believe that slavery is a thing of the past in America. Not true! Did you know:
*According to a U.S. State Department study, between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States from other countries and enslaved every year.
*Native-born Americans are not immune from slavery–many are taken from the streets of their own towns and cities, and many are children.
*Slaves in America are found in nearly all fifty states, working as sex slaves, fruit pickers, construction workers, gardeners and domestic helpers.
*Slavery generates millions of dollars in income each year for criminals who take advantage of vulnerable people — children, the uneducated, the impoverished and the desperate.
*Worse yet, this crime often goes unpunished. The national success rate in solving murder cases is 70% — the percentage of trafficking and slavery solved is less than 1%.
*Every one of us, every day, touches, wears, and eats products tainted with slavery.
The authors give many examples from true life, lots of statistics, and resources for finding out more. The final chapter lists suggestions for joining in the fight against slavery. Most slaves are discovered because a member of the public notices something odd and speaks up. Of course, there are many other ways to work toward eliminating slavery, everything from raising public awareness to donating money and buying free trade goods.
VERDICT: 5 STARS. if you’re anything like me, this book will both horrify and challenge you. It was written in 2009, so the statistics may be somewhat dated.
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They also have a number of documentaries availabe for viewing on YouTube.