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September 21, 2010
If youve been tuned into the rising tide of social awareness about the ongoing issue of modern human slavery and want to know more, Stop the Traffik is filled with facts, statistics, and personal stories that cast a portrait of the slavery situation around the world.However, Stop the Traffik doesnt seem as reader-friendly as other titles Ive read on human trafficking (though it is a good, comprehensive overview.) The bold black and white design often includes large sections of white text planted on black backgrounds, and the layout is more reminiscent of a high-school textbook, with short snippets of information and facts rather than longer stretches of narrative. Its a presentation style that Im not entirely keen on, though I do appreciate the subject matter deeply.Chalke methodically covers the main areas of trafficking: the problem of modern trafficking, the particular vulnerability of women, the signs of trafficking and how to be aware of it even domestically, factors that make individuals vulnerable to being trafficked, how consumer purchasing decisions can be used as a force for change (fair trade products etc.), and other actions that individuals can take in the fight against trafficking.Human trafficking can seem like such an overwhelming issue when it is first understood. The sheer magnitude in numbers of victims, the world-wide geographic scope of the crime.but yes, individuals can make a difference by partnering with regional and international organizations that are banding together to apprehend traffickers. Many of the first-person portraits included in Stop the Traffik come from victims who have been freed from lives of economic and sexual slavery. It is possible to make a difference; it is necessary to make a difference.
Stop the Traffik by Steve Chalke is a heartbreaking expose of the growing industry of slavery around the world. Chalke is an expert on human trafficking, and Cherie Blair is the wife of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Together they have created this consise and informative primer on how human trafficking works in the sex industry as well as the exploitation of workers. My heart broke again and again reading this book. It's filled with pictures of women and children who have been rescued, as well as statistics about the amount of people who are trapped. Reading the sheer magnitude of the millions of people, as well as the billions of dollars based on this industry, it's easy to see that the only way to shut it down for good is by the combined effort of people around the world. Along with the heartrending stories of the victims, Chalke includes ways that everyone, even those of us in small towns, can make a difference. Buying Freetrade chocolate and coffee, forming community groups to raise awareness, and recognizing the signs of trafficking are just a few. It's impossible not to be inspired to want to stop human trafficking after reading this book.
Stop the Traffik is a gut twisting non-fiction read by Steve Chalke and Cherie Blair. You may have seen the movie Trade, a dramatization of the horrifyingly real global problem of human trafficking. You may wonder why you dont hear about this issue in the news. I certainly do. It almost makes this calamity seem surreal. But the very active practice of human slavery is addressed frankly in this eye-opening book.Written in England, not only does this non-fiction volume raise awareness of this very factual, very dynamic crisis of the sale and purchase of human beings, it shows that this is truly a global dilemma. The high point of this extremely sobering read is that there are things we can do as individuals to help and to prevent this ghastly treatment of human beings. I highly recommend this book to open your eyes and challenge each reader to be an active participant in stopping this appalling crime!