Modern-Day Slavery

With Good Reason

Image courtesy U.S. Navy

Image courtesy U.S. Navy

Most of us learned in history class that slavery in the U.S. ended with the Thirteenth Amendment. But the trade in human beings—for sex and labor—is actually the fastest growing criminal industry in the world today, and it’s happening just below the surface of our everyday lives. Author Corban Addison confronts human trafficking in his novel A Walk Across the Sun.

Also featured: Since World War II, the American “H2” program has brought hundreds of thousands of Jamaican men to the United States to do difficult and dangerous work for some of the nation’s largest agricultural corporations. Cindy Hahamovitch (College of William and Mary) tells the story of these workers in her book No Man’s Land.

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