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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (759 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Batstone Narrator: Michael McIlhonnie Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning journalist David Batstone reveals the story of a new generation of 21st century abolitionists and their heroic campaign to put an end to human bondage. In his accessible and inspiring book, Batstone carefully weaves the narratives of activists and those in bondage in a way that not only raises awareness of the modern-day slave trade, but also serves as a call to action.

With 2007 bringing the 200th anniversary of the climax of the 19th century abolitionist movement, the world pays tribute to great visionary figures such as William Wilberforce of the United Kingdom and American Frederick Douglass for their remarkable strides toward framing slavery as a moral issue that people of good conscience could not tolerate. This anniversary serves not only as a commemorative date for battles won against slavery, but also as a reminder that slavery and bondage still persist in the 21st century. An estimated 27 million people around the globe suffer in situations of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation from which they cannot free themselves. Trafficking in people has become increasingly transnational in scope and highly lucrative. After illegal drug sales and arms trafficking, human trafficking is today the third most profitable criminal activity in the world, generating $31 billion annually. As many as half of all those trafficked worldwide for sex and domestic slavery are children under 18 years of age.

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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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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."