by DCPL on February 4, 2013

Most of us in the United States think of slavery only in reference to our history and ending with the Civil War. There are several great teen fiction books that depict slavery in the past. Chains and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson are two books that follow Isabel, a slave during the Revolutionary War, and her quest for freedom. In Brave Music of a Distant Drum by Manu Herbstein, blind old Alma tells her story to her grandson about how she became enslaved in Brazil from Africa.

Today there are twenty seven million slaves around the world. That is more people in slavery than any other time in history. The slaves today are in the sex trade, labor trafficking, and people who work in horrible conditions in factories, farms and on the seas.

Over the last few years there have been several books written that give a reader insight into how those modern day slaves end up as slaves.  Trafficked by Kim Purcell tells the story of Hannah a seventeen year-old girl from Moldova. Hannah’s parents have died and her uncle who had been supporting the family has disappeared. Hannah was led to believe that she was coming  to Los Angeles for a job to make money to send home to support her grandmother. What she finds in the United States is different kind of life.

Sold by Patricia McCormick tells the story about Lakshmi who leaves her poor home in Nepal believing that she will be working as a maid in the city. Instead she finds herself sold into the sex slave trade in India.

Want to learn more facts about human or people trafficking? People Trafficking by Judith Anderson reveals not only the types of people trafficking but the variety of practices used by organizations around the world to catch traffickers. There are even real life stories about people who were enslaved. Want even more recent information? Try the database, Gale Opposing Viewpoints which can be found on the Library’s Reference Databases page under student resources. By just typing in the search terms, “human trafficking”  You can found statistics on where human trafficking is taking place worldwide, recent news articles and primary sources.

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