A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery by E. Benjamin SkinnerAs Samantha Power and Philip Gourevitch did for genocide, Skinner has now done for modern-day slavery. With years of repo. With years of reporting in such places as Haiti, Sudan, India, Eastern Europe, The Netherlands, and, yes, even suburban America, he has produced a vivid testament and moving reportage on one of the great evils of our time. There are more slaves in the world today than at any time in history. After spending four years visiting a dozen countries where slavery flourishes, Skinner tells the story, in gripping narrative style, of individuals who live in slavery, those who have escaped from bondage, those who own or traffic in slaves, and the mixed political motives of those who seek to combat the crime.
A Crime So Monstrous
Gresens bio E. You may have thought you missed your chance to own a slave. Maybe you imagined that slavery died along with the , Union soldiers whose blood fertilized the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. Perhaps you assumed that there was meaning behind the dozen international conventions banning the slave trade, or that the deaths of 30 million people in world wars had spread freedom across the globe. But you're in luck. The reality of modern day slavery hides behind many labels—human trafficking, [End Page ] debt bondage, and bonded labor. However, Skinner's book reaffirms that the oldest social institution persists in the same form as it existed during the days of William Wilberforce: human beings across the world are forced to work, without pay and under threat of violence.
Benjamin Skinner. Rate this book. To be a moral witness is perhaps the highest calling of journalism, and in this unforgettable, highly readable account of contemporary slavery, author Benjamin Skinner travels around the globe to personally tell stories that need to be told -- and heard. As Samantha Power and Philip Gourevitch did for genocide, Skinner has now done for modern-day slavery. With years of reporting in such places as Haiti, Sudan, India, Eastern Europe, The Netherlands, and, yes, even suburban America, he has produced a vivid testament and moving reportage on one of the great evils of our time.
What he finds is heartbreaking--men, women and children stripped of their identities, their freedom, and their dignity. Reported relentlessly and told grippingly, A Crime So Monstrous is the rare book that doesn't simply expose these harms; it also explains how and why decent people inside and outside the U. Skinner has written an anguishing book, but also an inspiring call to action.