To authors, screenwriters, playwrights, poets, bloggers. Your role in abolishing modern-day slavery is crucial. Unless human trafficking and slavery become part of everyday awareness – nothing will change. Ignorance, apathy and indifference will remain and the trade in humans and human body parts will continue to thrive. Unacceptable.
It’s very simple:
To writers: we need your creative and literary support.
To readers: These books are extremely well written yet at times very hard to read. Please have the courage to do so.
To global educational publishers. You have a role to play in the global fight against slavery (Unbelievable that we have to make such a plea in the 21st century). Textbooks still say that ‘Slavery has been abolished.’ This could not be further from the truth.
Your reluctance to include material in mainstream textbooks could be fatal for thousands of children. While you discuss ‘suitability’, children are being exploited, enslaved, recruited, raped, beaten, abused. Please wake up. Education includes protection. Be accountable. Slavery in our supply chains is UNACCEPTABLE. What are doing about it? Not enough in mainstream education of the next generation. Time to change that!
Eyo by Abidemi Sanusi, 2009. Short-listed for the 2010 Commonwwealth Writer’s Prize.
Eyo, a ten-year old girl from Nigeria, trafficked to London to work as a baby-sitter and domestic help. Promises of going to school are lies. Instead she is raped by the father, beaten, abused, starved and eventually sold to another person for commercial sexual exploitation. All happening in modern-day UK as you read this. Although EYO is described as ‘fiction’ it is not. Suggested reading age – 16 and above. Stunning story. Please read it. You might well be the ‘neighbour-next- door’. For more info and to purchase this incredible book www.abidemisanusi.co.uk
Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir
Rachel Lloyd, HaperCollins Publishers, 2011
The NO Project would like to see this book become part of requited reading in highschools – required reding for teachers of every subject and students 16+.
During her teens, Rachel Lloyd ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. With time, through incredible resilience, and with the help of a local church community, she finally broke free of her pimp and her past and devoted herself to helping other young girls escape “the life.”
In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark world of commercial sex trafficking in cinematic detail and tells the story of her groundbreaking nonprofit organization: GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. With great humanity, she shares the stories of the girls whose lives GEMS has helped—small victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.
People’s Republic By Robert Muchamore, Hodder Children’s Books, 2011.
On a personal note – we are thrilled to see the crime of Human Trafficking in the best-selling CHERUB series. Thank you Robert Muchamore for People’s Republic.
Twelve-year-old Ryan is CHERUB’s newest recruit. He’s got his first mission: infiltrating the billion-dollar Aramov criminal empire. But he’s got got no idea that this routine job will lead him into an explosive adventure involving drug smugglers, illegal immigrants and human trafficking, or that his first mission will turn into one of the biggest in CHERUB’s history. (source:http://moruyabooks.com.au)
Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara, Columbia University Press, 2008.
At the end of 2006, there were 28.4 million slaves in the world, 1.2 million of whom were women and children abducted, deceived, or sold into forced prostitution. Kara quantifies the growth and profitability of sex trafficking, shares the stories of victims, and reveals the shocking conditions of their exploitation.(source: The Book Depository.co.uk)
A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison
In his international bestselling debut novel, Corban Addison leads readers on a chilling, eye-opening journey into Mumbai’s seedy underworld—and the nightmare of two orphaned girls swept into the international sex trade. “Addison has written a novel that is beautiful in its story and also important in its message. A Walk Across the Sun deserves a wide audience.” John Grisham
Modern Slavery: The Secret World of 27 Million People
By Kevin Bales, Zoe Trodd, Alex Kent. OneWorld Publications, 2009
Short Description for Modern Slavery
There are 27 million slaves alive – more than at any point in history. This number is also greater than the total population stolen from Africa during four centuries of the transatlantic slave trade. This book blends the research with first-hand accounts from the slaves to reveal the truth behind one of the worst humanitarian crises facing us. (source: The Book Depository.co.uk)
Kevin Bales is President of Free The Slaves, www.freetheslaves.net
Nightmare Along the River Nile
by Suzanna E. Nelson, 2010
Source: www.amazon.com – review by an independent reader
‘A compelling story that the world should know’
‘Very few books have evoked such emotion. “Nightmare Along the River Nile: A Story of Twentieth Century Slavery” brought me to tears. The compassion that Edgar and his friends have for each other is extraordinary. The author, Suzanna E. Nelson has done a magnificent job in bringing attention to a very serious issue and human tragedy; modern day slavery.
This book is highly recommended if you are at all concerned about what happens to innocent humans beings against their will. Most of their stories go uncovered by the mainstream media. A must read to change some of the injustices in the world today.’
Radhika’s Story: Surviving Human Trafficking
By (author) Sharon Hendry, Foreword by Joanna Lumley, New Holland Publishers, 2010
Short Description for Radhika’s Story
A seemingly innocent sip of Coca-Cola, drunk by a starving and desperately thirsty 14-year-old girl led to the first of Radhika Pariyar’s human trafficking experiences. This title presents an account of a survivor of human trafficking in the 21st-century.(source: The Book Depository.co.uk)
Enslaved: The New British Slavery
By Rahila Gupta, Portobello Books Ltd, 2007
Short Description for Enslaved
Slavery in Britain did not end with Wilberforce. They may be largely invisible to us, but living in our midst are thousands of slaves. This book seeks out five escapees and persuades them to tell us their stories. (source: The Book Depository.co.uk)
Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour By Hsiao-Hung Pai,Penguin Books, 2008
Short Description for Chinese Whispers
There are thousands of undocumented Chinese immigrants in Britain. They’ve travelled here because of desperate poverty, and must keep their heads down and work themselves to the bone. This book reveals a shadowy world where human beings are exploited in ways unimaginable in our civilized twenty-first century. (source: The Book Depository.co.uk)