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The discovery of domestic slaves in London has once again drawn the world’s attention to the problem of human trafficking. As James Bourne writes, Pope Francis wants to lead a cultural change to stop the crime globally.
Kenya's coastal town of Malindi may look like a tropical paradise but is host to a hidden child sex trade.
Books in the Senior Library
To Be A Slave by Julius Lester; Tom Feelings (Illustrator)
Call Number: 920 LES
What was it like to be a slave? Listen to the words and learn about the lives of countless slaves and ex-slaves, telling about their forced journey from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom. You will never look at life the same way again.
Find out more by checking out these books from the Senior Library collection. Alternatively, click on this link to read more books on Slavery:
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Call Number: F BUT (Adult)
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and more dangerous, until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun.
The Bird Boy's Song by S Chimombo
Call Number: F CHI
This is a modern rendition in written form, of the popular Malawian folktale, 'The Orphan and the Slave', passed down through oral tradition. The traditional version, included alongside this modern work of fiction, tells of a boy who is orphaned, and returns to his village, taking his slave with him. The slave tricks the boy into giving him his possessions, and assumes his master's identity. The boy must henceforth do the slave's work: scaring away the birds from the crops. But the songs the boy sings as he works reveal his true identity.
The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
Call Number: 920 MAM
A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Somaly Mam Foundation.A riveting, raw, and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hope Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. Trapped in this dangerous and desperate world, she suffered the brutality and horrors of human trafficking.
The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers
Call Number: 920 LEW
The thread of a remarkable history runs through the heart of every member of the Lewis family. They have played out their lives against the American landscape of adversity, opportunity, racism, and hope for a better future. This is a story of pride, struggle, love, and the plot of land that binds generations together.
Sold for Silver by Janet Lim
Call Number: 920 LIM
The true story of China-born Janet Lim, who was sold into slavery as a young girl in 1930s Singapore. When Singapore falls to the Japanese in 1942, she escapes by ship, but when it "s bombed and sinks, Janet floats at sea for days close to death. Rescued by fishermen then captured by the Japanese, she narrowly escapes sexual-imprisonment as a comfort woman and is tortured. An inspirational autobiography of a true heroine.
Little Princes by Conor Grennan
Call Number: 920 GRE
While volunteering at an orphanage, Conor discovers that the children are not orphans: they are trafficked. Despite the danger, Conor treks up dirt paths with photographs of the children, miraculously reuniting dozens of families. It's 2006 and Nepal is a country torn apart by war, greed and corruption. Caught in the middle are the Nepalese children, snatched and sold into slavery, the kidnappers promising their families that they will be taken to a safe haven from where they will eventually return.
The Little Book of Shocking Global Facts by Barnbrook Design (Editor)
Call Number: 303.482
How is it that the developed world spends billions of dollars annually on weaponry, while the poor of the developing world have no access to education, medicines or even clean drinking water? What exactly is the total value of the global drugs trade and what are its social implications? How is increasing globalization impacting on our shared environment?
Princess by Jean Sasson
Call Number: 920 SUL
Sultana is a Saudi Arabian princess, a woman born to fabulous, uncountable wealth. She has four mansions on three continents, her own private jet, glittering jewels, designer dresses galore. But in reality she lives in a gilded cage. She has no freedom, no control over her own life, no value but as a bearer of sons. Hidden behind her black floor-length veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, her sons, and her country.
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Something to think about!
How is slavery linked to you?
Are domestic helpers (a.k.a maids) considered as a modern form of legalised slavery?
What are the ways to protect the children and women against human trafficking and the sex trade?
Do we really need millions more victims in order to experience the true wake up call?
Watch these inspiring video clips below and decide if you could make an impact today!
Examples of professional organisations and associations: (This list is not exhaustive. You might find other relevant organisation of your choice by using/googling the keywords in the word cloud below.)
This list was compiled with the help of a specialist Librarian from Chan Sek Keong Library (Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore), Ms Tan Hooi Geng. We would like to thank her for this useful resource.