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Slavery Inc: The Untold Story of International Sex Trafficking [Paperback]

Lydia Cacho
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13 May 2014
Illegal, inhuman, and impervious to recession, there is one trade that continues to thrive, just out of sight. The international sex trade criss-crosses the entire globe, a sinister network made up of criminal masterminds, local handlers, corrupt policemen, wilfully blind politicians, eager consumers, and countless exploited women and children. In this ground-breaking work of investigative reporting, the celebrated journalist Lydia Cacho follows the trail of the traffickers and their victims from Mexico to Turkey, Thailand to Iraq, Georgia to the UK, to expose the trade's hidden links with the tourist industry, internet pornography, drugs and arms smuggling, the selling of body organs, money laundering, and even terrorism. Shocking and sobering, Slavery Inc. is an exceptional book, both for the colossal scope of its enquiry, and for the tenacious bravery with which Cacho pursues the truth.
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  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (13 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619022966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619022966
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,147,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Powerful, brave and compassionate; reportage of the first order.' --Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

LYDIA CACHO is an internationally admired Mexican journalist-campaigner. She became a cause celebre with her book, Demons of Eden, which exposed a paedophilia ring involving Mexico's richest businessman, his friend the governor and an array of 'big men'. She took the ring to trial but was jailed and abused herself before winning her argument and her freedom. She is a columnist on El Universal, a prominent feminist activist against violence, and teaches workshops on how to help trafficking victims. She has been named UNESCO World Press Freedom Hero.She is currently in hiding. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Lydia Cacho's 'Slavery Inc.' is a powerful piece of reportage and Cacho herself is the best kind of journalist - giving voice to the voiceless and most vulnerable, even, at times, at the expense of her own personal safety. Cacho traveled extensively throughout the world - to Britain, Turkey, Central Asia, Israel/Palestine, Japan, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere - to give a clear-eyed view of the booming global trade in human trafficking. Her reportage is peppered with statistics and research as well as heart-wrenching, terrifying personal stories involving women and children from the world's poorest backgrounds (who comprise the vast majority of victims) as well as from comparatively wealthier backgrounds (such as the story of the young American woman trafficked by the Yakuza in Japan). She digs deep into the local and international mafias who control this trade and the corrupt government officials - police as well as others - who facilitate their illegal activities. Cacho approaches the issue of sex trafficking - increasing in our globalized world - with a deeply feminist and humanist sensibility. I recommend this book to anyone interested in powerful, compassionate, brave journalism as well as those interested in how the trafficking of human beings works and is made easier by the implementation of "free trade".

My only complaint or regret is that the book isn't longer. Lydia Cacho said during her interview at the Frontline Club in London that the book was slimmed down from what was originally some 800 pages (it is 271 pages in its published form). It is regrettable that so much had to be culled and that the editor was unable to include a further hundred or more pages of material to flesh out the narrative even more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ad informative read 28 Oct 2012
By F D
I started reading the book late at night and didn't realise that I had already spent three consecutive hours reading it and that it was nearly morning. I couldn't put the book down. The book's investigative information on prostitution and sex trafficking were mind-boggling. I am now very conscious of the sinister and exploitative advertisements for sex that I regularly see scattered across my city.

Lydia Cacho covers many aspects of the sex industry including exploitation and slavery, organised crime, money laundering, pimping, globalisation and the philosophical arguments for and against the legalisation of prostitution. This is first class journalism and this book should reach as many readers as possible, especially men who choose to pay for sex as they should understand the inhumanity behind the industry that their actions fund.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone must read it 10 Nov 2012
By Inese
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When I started reading it and telling my friends about the stories that this book documents, nobody could believe they were true. It is incredibly powerful because Cacho was there herself, and tells the stories of victims from their points of view. There are no mediators or Chinese-Whispers' effects of hearsay. You know this is true, and this realisation is incredibly thought-provoking.

On top of that, the book is very well written and easily digestible (e.g. could easily be read on a holiday!). The narrative flows easily and the stories unfold fluidly. Every story is different, dealing with different victims in a different context and in a different part of the world. Normally I tend to skip pages in a book when it slows down, but have not had to do it with this one.

Cannot recommend it highly enough!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 14 Oct 2013
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Considered, informative and compelling reading. A must read for anyone interested in the darker side to the human race: the book at once destroys your faith in it while giving you hope that more people like Cacho will be brave enough to fight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INFORMATIVE, TIMELY & SHOCKING! 24 April 2014
By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER
Each year, 1.39 million people around the world – mostly women and girls – are subjected to sexual slavery. They are bought, sold, and re-sold like raw materials in any given industry. Over a period of five years, award-winning El Universal journalist Lydia Cacho tracked the small and large international mafia operations by listening to the stories of survivors of sexual exploitation and documented them in her new book Slavery Inc: The Untold Story of International Sex Trafficking.

Translated from the original language into English by Elizabeth Boburg, Slavery Inc. is an absorbing read despite its gruesome subject. According to Lydia’s estimate, the sophisticated global sex industry has created a market for sex slaves that may soon outnumber the African slaves sold from the 1500s to the 1800s. Slavery Inc. is organized into thirteen well-defined chapters, with the first seven dealing with the geographical aspect of the issue. Taking the topic forward, the author takes a look at the demand, and what necessitated the sex industry. Informative and perceptive, the last few chapters are devoted to the method of operation employed by the people behind the industry.

Slavery Inc: The Untold Story of International Sex Trafficking by Lydia Cacho is shocking. The alarming rate at which the industry is growing is a major cause of concern. Hopefully the book will raise more awareness about the issue and make a difference regarding human trafficking, bringing in changes to existing laws and awarding harsh punishments to those who perpetrated it. Sadly, this book may just be the tip of an iceberg!
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