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In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slaveryKevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of humantrafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States.


In The Slave Next Door wefind that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: thedishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the kids onthe corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of thelocal department store. In these pages we also meet some unexpectedslaveholders, such as a 27-year old middle-class Texas housewife who iscurrently serving a life sentence for offences including slavery.Weaving together a wealth of voices—from slaves, slaveholders, andtraffickers as well as from experts, counselors, law enforcementofficers, rescue and support groups, and others—this book is also acall to action, telling what we, as private citizens, can do to finallybring an end to this horrific crime.

The Slave Next Door is available from the University of California Press and may be ordered online at:


A sample chapter ('The Feds') is available on this website.