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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,519 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Batstone Narrator: Michael McIlhonnie Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061866999
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“Human trafficking is not an issue of the left or right, blue states or red states, but a great moral tragedy we can unite to stop . . . Not for Sale is a must-read to see how you can join the fight.” —Jim Wallis, author of God's Politics

“David Batstone is a heroic character.” —Bono

In the revised and updated version of this harrowing yet deeply inspirational exposé, award-winning journalist David Batstone gives the most up-to-date information available on the $31 billion human trafficking epidemic. With profiles of twenty-first century abolitionists like Thailand’s Kru Nam and Peru’s Lucy Borja, Batstone tells readers what they can do to stop the modern slave trade. Like Kevin Bales’ Disposable People and Ending Slavery, or E. Benjamin Skinner’s A Crime So Monstrous, Batstone’s Not for Sale is an informative and necessary manifesto for universal freedom. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Not for Sale breaks my heart and gives me hope; here we read how people are heroically coming forward to fight the modern scourge of slavery. God is in the freedom business—whether in ancient Egypt or in modern South Africa or anywhere else where there is injustice or oppression. God calls us to continue this great liberation effort, and Batstone’s book helps us do just that.”

    Desmond Tutu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

  • “One hundred and fifty years after legal slavery was abolished, the illegal trafficking of humans is all around us but either hidden or silently embedded in everyday products and services. Every American should read this book before shopping or traveling.”

    Michael Kieschnick, cofounder and president, Working Assets

  • Not for Sale not only informs, it challenges each reader to take action. My students were appalled to learn of the prevalence of human trafficking around the world, but this insight inspired many of them to begin working on a local, national, or global level to bring about change. Batstone will inspire any student.”

    Stephanie M. Foote, director, Academic Success Center, University of South Carolina Aiken

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcilewellen | 2/18/2014

    " This book is incredibly sobering, informative, and well written... the only thing that could have been more moving is if Lou Engle was reading it out loud to me...(let the Lou fans understand) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 2/17/2014

    " This book inspired me to not-always try and get the absolute cheapest price on everything and to be more generous with what I have.. Maybe my pennypinching ways are enabling slavery to exist in a chinese factory somewhere. Because of this book, I've started buying fair-trade coffee and chocolate in the hopes that the demand will grow and the farmers that grow these commodities will have some sort of living wage. I think our American obliviousness to where our food and goods come from likely ends up enslaving the poor while the West stays wealthy and prosperous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/8/2014

    " incredibly eye-opening to the system of human-trafficking. there are a lot of personal stories of survivers that will motivate you to do something about the problem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/3/2014

    " It's hard to say I really liked this book because the subject matter is so disturbing. It is, however, a compelling book which opens your eyes to the trafficking of people, mainly children and women. It's easy to ignore the issue of modern day slavery because it is so easy to cover up. The poor who have no voice are taken to foreign cities where they have no connections, and consquently no means to escape from oppressive situations. It's an issue that occurs in America as well as the brothels of South East Asia, the child armies of Uganada, and the streets of South America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lanae | 1/31/2014

    " It was hard to believe that the things going on in this book were actual events. You don't think of the world being like that. It was almost like reading a novel. I have a copy if you want to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 1/26/2014

    " I read this for a class I took about human trafficking. Very informative, very touching (and true) stories. But it did get boring at times and I will admit that I only finished it because it was required for my class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolynna Addink | 1/25/2014

    " Every individual remotely interested in human rights and social justice should read this book and DO SOMETHING in response to what you learn. For people around the world, it IS a matter of life or death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Kim | 1/22/2014

    " Everyone should read this book at some point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dixie | 1/19/2014

    " Very informative even if it was published a few years ago. I liked the juxtaposition of facts and ideas alongside the stories of victims and abolitionist. The stories can be very heartbreaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lanae | 1/6/2014

    " It was hard to believe that the things going on in this book were actual events. You don't think of the world being like that. It was almost like reading a novel. I have a copy if you want to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/4/2014

    " A clear and compelling look at the prevalence of trafficking and slavery in the world. Many stories help to put urgency behind the big number statistics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Piercey | 12/12/2013

    " This book was an eye opener. It was very informative about the human trafficking that goes on today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 12/10/2013

    " This is a compelling nonfiction account of the global slave trade. It is eye-opening and horrifying. It really put individual faces to this enormous problem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 12/8/2013

    " I am really big on reading books about trafficking, so I've read many types of books like these. This has def been a good one, which has shed more light on the issues surrounding trafficking.It takes many aspects such as immigration, economy, supply and demand, which affect trafficking. very good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Weldon | 12/5/2013

    " This is happening in the world right now! We need to be aware of what's going on and take steps to fight it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/6/2013

    " This hurts... How is this possible in the 21st century... Yet it's happening right now, probably from within 20 minutes from where I sit... Jesus, please help "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Beers | 10/24/2013

    " Frightening look at the modern day slave trade that I never knew existed. Please read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 10/9/2013

    " An inspiring introduction to the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, Not for Sale offers stories of slavery and redemption from around the world, including Thailand, Uganda, Peru, and the United States. Batstone expresses his desire to recruit a new generation of abolitionists that will be fresh energy, creativity, and vision to campaign to end slavery. A "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 10/6/2013

    " This book is amazing. It completely opened my eyes to the evil going on around me. It has a great list of organizations to suport and ways that I can help fight slavery today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhett | 9/19/2013

    " A devastating read.. stomach turning at times but difficult to put down as well. This is not light subject matter, but everyone owes it to themselves to read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 9/18/2013

    " This book tells the stories of people who have been rescued from Human Trafficking and those who are involved in the anti-trafficking movement. It is a great resource for getting connected with other organizations that are fighting the same cause. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Wornson | 5/8/2013

    " This one is like a battle strategy book but at the same time it pulls on my heartstrings so hard I can't help but grieve with and for them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 4/3/2013

    " Powerful work of true stories, advocacy and solutions all in one text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dixie | 3/26/2013

    " Very informative even if it was published a few years ago. I liked the juxtaposition of facts and ideas alongside the stories of victims and abolitionist. The stories can be very heartbreaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole La Croix-Agustin | 3/3/2013

    " Wow! This book opened up a terrifying world of modern-day human trafficking for me and was both educational and inspirational. I definitely want to do something about it, however small, I just don't know what yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/2/2013

    " Awesome, eye opening and inspirational book about the current issues of human trafficking domestically and internationally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 2/25/2013

    " A really well-written and accessible introduction to global slavery that has a hopeful tone to it so it doesn't leave you all depressed and feeling powerless. A quick and helpful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Resa | 9/26/2012

    " i read this for my IS400 class "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 8/19/2012

    " Heartbreaking stories of inspiring people overcoming and standing against such incredible injustice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Thompson | 8/4/2012

    " This is a great book. It's a simple read academically but can be a bit tough emotionally. The chapter on the LRA in Uganda was the most difficult for me having been there. It's a great eye-opener and not 'in your face' but offers a lot of resources. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia Furman | 6/2/2012

    " Absolutely heart breaking yet amazing book about human trafficking. This book is extremely thorough. Each chapter focuses on a different country and organization, as well as a trafficking story from abduction to redemption. After reading this book you will have a heart for this cause, guaranteed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K-tron | 3/7/2012

    " Amazing book about the greatest human rights violation: human trafficking and slavery. After reading this, I want to pursue my social work career further into helping fight human trafficking. Everyone should read this and BECOME AWARE!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/25/2012

    " Powerful work of true stories, advocacy and solutions all in one text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 1/28/2012

    " Other people have reviewed this as an "easy read about a difficult subject." While the flow of the book is fluid, there isn't much that's "easy" about the content. It is an important primer on the subject of human trafficking/slavery, however, and I highly encourage all of my friends to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 7/10/2011

    " So hard to read, but so necessary. Often, my heart is calloused to things I see and hear on TV, so it's good for me to willingly let this kind of stuff in and be affected by it. This book will open your eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 6/9/2011

    " Powerful work of true stories, advocacy and solutions all in one text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yu Sun | 3/26/2011

    " eye-opening. made me cringe, warm, and teary ... insane how slavery is even more of a pressing, intricate issue today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 2/26/2011

    " Great content. This was an easy, good read as an introduction to the subject of human traficking. Which is why 4 stars, the writing would get less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Resa | 1/30/2011

    " i read this for my IS400 class "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/16/2011

    " This was an excellent overview of worldwide trafficking. It would be a good book to start with if you didn't know much about global slavery and you wanted to learn more. I liked that they talked about various organizations you can partner with to fight this battle. An excellent read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 1/3/2011

    " A must read to learn what human trafficking is really all about, it changed my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 11/12/2010

    " Very Fascinating book. Read it for a class I was taking. Talks about the global slave trade which is very alive and well unfortunately. Very eye-opening and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 6/29/2010

    " PLEASE DO NOT RENT FROM EVEREST OR RAJ PROPERTIES. READ THIS BOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION "

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About the Author
Author David Batstone

David Batstone, Ph.D., is Professor of Ethics at the University of San Francisco. His book Saving the Corporate Soul & (Who Knows?) Maybe Your Own won the prestigious Nautilus Award for Best Business Book. Batstone also serves as Senior Editor of the business magazine Worthwhile, and was a cofounder of Business 2.0. Batstone appears regularly in USA Today's Weekend Edition as "America's ethics guru."