Invisible Slaves

Invisible Slaves

The Victims and Perpetrators of Modern-Day Slavery

Author: W. Kurt Hauser
ISBN: 978-0-8179-2105-7
Publication Date: 10/1/2017

In Invisible Slaves, W. Kurt Hauser discusses slavery around the world, with research and firsthand stories that reframe slavery as a modern-day crisis, not a historical phenomenon or third-world issue. Identifying four types of slavery—chattel slavery, debt bondage, forced labor, and sex slavery—he examines the efforts and failures of governments to address them. He explores the political, economic, geographic, and cultural factors that shape slavery today, illustrating the tragic human toll with individual stories.

Country by country, the author illuminates the harsh realities of modern-day slavery. He explores slavery’s effects on victims, including violence, isolation, humiliation, and the master-slave relationship, and discusses the methods traffickers use to lure the vulnerable, especially children, into slavery. He assesses nations based on their levels of slavery and efforts to combat the problem, citing the rankings of the United States’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act. He concludes with an appeal to governments and ordinary citizens alike to meet this humanitarian crisis with awareness and action.

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W. Kurt Hauser

W. Kurt Hauser received BA and MBA degrees from Stanford University. He was the head of an investment management firm for most of his career. As an economist his work has been published in many news media including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Investor's Business Daily, among others. He is the author of Taxation and Economic Performance (Hoover Press, 1996); his research on the relationship among tax rates, federal government revenues, and economic growth has become known as Hauser’s Law. He is a past chairman of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. For the past decade he has devoted his time to researching the origin, evolution, development, and ubiquity of global slavery.




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Contents
Preface
chapter one AN ANCIENT INSTITUTION
chapter two MODERN DAY SLAVERY
chapter three MIDDLE EAST
chapter four AFRICA
chapter five ASIA
chapter six THE NEW WORLD
chapter seven UNITED STATES
chapter eight SUMMARY
Acknowledgements
APPENDIX I
APPENDIX II
Notes
Bibliography
Photographic Credits
About the Author
Index



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