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|Read Pdf ⚷ Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy ⚪ Slavery Is Illegal Throughout The World, Yet Than Twenty Seven Million People Are Still Trapped In One Of History S Oldest Social Institutions Kevin Bales S Disturbing Story Of Contemporary Slavery Reaches From Pakistan S Brick Kilns And Thailand S Brothels To Various Multinational Corporations His Investigations Reveal How The Tragic Emergence Of A New Slavery Is Inextricably Linked To The Global Economy This Completely Revised Edition Includes A New PrefaceAll Of The Author S Royalties From This Book Go To Fund Antislavery Projects Around The World This is an important book Despite its defects I can highly recommend it to pretty much everyone because the entire world would benefit from its being read I greatly admire Bales for his part in spreading the word on modern day slavery, and I plan on doing my part by telling people and passing the book on to others.The most interesting chapters are the first two on prostitution in Thailand and old slavery in Mauritania The shock value probably has a lot to do with it, as well as the dumbfounding surprise of learning about the vestiges of ancient slavery still alive and well in West Africa Before reading this book or talking to someone who had, how many people would imagine that houseslaves still exist as a matter of course throughout an entire country The subsequent chapters Brazil, Pakistan and India lose some of their power, probably as a result of following these first two The information and Bales discourse gets a little repetitive Also, his writing style is a little irritating I would have preferred arigorous and academic style As it is, Bales writes a little too informally and emotionally, which sacrifices some of his argument s strength The facts are compelling enough to support his case without resorting to sentimentality.Additionally, there are some holes that he touches upon but leaves largely unexplored, mostly in relation to Mauritania He mentions the extremely entrenched nature of slavery in the country and the huge obstacles abolitionists face not only in providing incentives for slaveholders to give up their slaves, but also in convincing the slaves that freedom is preferable to slavery It is the ultimate case where the slaves actually want to remain enslaved To me, this is a jumping off point for an incredibly fascinating moral and philosophical discussion, although I ll admit that it s probably outside the scope of Bales work The same mentality is present to a lesser degree in every single country he discusses More relevant to this book and a less forgivable omission is the fact that virtually none of the solutions he mentions in the last chapter would be feasible in Mauritania None of the economic incentives to end slavery could be brought to bear since the country itself is so poor and barely affects the global economy in the first place Likewise, the government could not be pressured because they are owned by the slaveholders, and they would simply align themselves further with other hardline Muslim nations such as Iran and Saudi Arabia in response to international pressure If Bales sincerely could not think of any solutions to that specific case, he should have at least mentioned it.Also, in discussing debt bondage in Brazil, Pakistan and India, it struck me that he somewhat arbitrarily separates slaves from the rest of the oppressed wage laborers and sweatshop workers To me it seems very much a sliding scale, especially when he s emphasizing the subtlety of modern day slavery He doesn t fully convince on why battling slavery is so muchimportant than the battle against all unfair working sweatshop conditions They seem too similar to me to really be able to separate the way he does For that reason as well the chapters on Thailand and Mauritania really stand out.Overall it is a good and informative read It is perhaps not as shocking to me because I ve already read most of Derrick Jensen s stuff, and he is harsher in his analysis of modern day civilization Not Bad Reviews blakerosser1 In his book, Bales recounts how the escaped slave and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, was invited to give a keynote speech for a large Fourth of July celebration in New York in 1852.Instead of delivering a rousing speech about the greatness of living in freedom, Douglass basically asked how we can be proud of our freedom if there were still slaves in existence And while most of us think of the word slavery in terms of something that happened a long time ago, it actually still exists today it exists in Thailand where the sex industry keeps thousands of young women enslaved as prostitutes it exists in Pakistan, where bonded laborers work in furnace like heat, making bricks it exists in charcoal making camps in Brazil, where the poor are lured into debt bondage, where measly rations are often their only payment for their work.And all of it continues to exist, in part, because a lot of us don t question it.It sort of hit home for me when Bales wrote, consumers do look for bargains, and they don t usually stop to ask why a product is so cheap We have to face facts by always looking for the best deal, we may be choosing slave made goods without knowing what we are buying p 23 24 I read this book for my history class I really enjoyed the way this book was written It was writtenas a story than an information heavy textbook This book talked about how slavery still exists in our world today, just in a different form that it did in the past We explored slavery in Brazil, India, Mauritania, Pakistan, and Thailand Rating 4 5 It is not without some shortcomings, but definitely a book people should read The testimony of modern day slaves should move people to action I had only two issues with the book The first is that it is in need of updating There is a new preface on the 2012 edition but that is not enough Also, as a historian I take issue with some of the distinctions he makes between the new and the old slavery Much of what he said was new, was true of slavery in Brazil during the colonial period and even 19th century He seems to have made these distinctions solely on the study of 19th century slavery in the American South.