The horrific world of modern slavery is exposed in this book based on the first-hand experiences of victims of human trafficking.
Through the stories of three remarkable individuals who share how they fell victim to traffickers and how their bodies and souls resisted an enterprise of total destruction, Monique Villa takes us around the world - from Ohio to Tokyo, London to India, Qatar to Colombia - to uncover a parallel world where men, women, and children are dehumanized and reduced to obedient machines.
Written by a global leader in the fight against human trafficking, this powerful book uncovers the hidden world of slaves - no longer physically in chains - who walk among us, trapped in a cycle of exploitation. Despite significant progress in the fight for human rights, slavery continues to flourish. In fact, there are more slaves today, in countries rich and poor, than at any point in the past.By giving voice to survivors of this horrific trade, Villa vividly illustrates dire situations we can do something about. Her call to action outlines concrete steps to safeguard the vulnerable among us and to eliminate slavery in our time.
1 Who Are the Modern Slaves?
2 The Most Despicable Crime: Techniques of the Human-Trafficking Business Model
3 From Nepal to Qatar: Debt Bondage
4 A Tattoo on Your Soul: Corruption and Impunity
5 The Psychological Impact of Enslavement
6 The Children of Bal Ashram
7 In the Mind of a Trafficker
8 Limited Options
9 Business Is Key'To the Problem and the Solution
10 Solutions: From Individuals to Cross-Sector Engagement, Worldwide
11 My Heroes
Monique Villa's years of experience as an esteemed journalist, along with her tenacity and passion to protect those who suffer in modern slavery, is so clearly demonstrated in this book. She has led the way in the fight against slavery, bringing so many along with her.
Monique Villa is former CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She is the founder of TrustLaw, Trust Conference, and the Stop Slavery Awards. She is ranked among the world’s 100 most influential people in business ethics by Ethisphere. In 2015, Villa received the Champions for Change Award for her vision and effort in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. She was also the recipient of ECPAT-USA’s inaugural Freedom Award in 2017, recognizing her leadership in the fight to end child trafficking, and was ranked fourth in the UK’s 2018 Top 100 Modern Slavery Influencers’ Index. She lives in London.