Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery

Edited by Jesse Sage and Liora Kasten, with a Foreword by Gloria Steinem

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Twenty-seven million people are estimated to be held in slavery around the world today. This collection of first-hand accounts will raise awareness and show how slavery is thriving in the twenty first century. From poverty-stricken countries to affluent American suburbs, slaves toil as sweatshop workers, sex slaves, migrant workers, domestic servants, and chattel slaves. This groundbreaking collection includes accounts written by ten former slaves and slaveholders in Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States. From Micheline, a Haitian girl who wound up as a domestic worker in Connecticut, to Abdel, a Mauritanian slave owner turned abolitionist, these are stories that will heighten awareness of a global human rights crisis that can no longer be ignored.


Praise for Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery

"Nineteenth-century slave narratives compelled changes in social mores and international law when readers were confronted with the stories of the human beings behind the economy of slavery. The editors of this collection hope for similar reactions as they present modern-day slave narratives from people held against their will as sex slaves, house servants, laborers, and migrant workers...A heartbreaking, eye-opening account."--Vanessa Bush, Booklist

"Just as 19th century slave narratives forced readers to admit the humanity of slaves, the stories in Enslaved force us to admit that slavery still exists."

--Gloria Steinem

"Slavery still exists--hidden and virulent--in many countries, including this “land of the free.”  In Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery, Jesse Sage and Liora Kasten of the American Anti-Slavery Group--an organization I know well as a reporter--offer a riveting illumination of this most under-publicized human rights abuse."
--Nat Hentoff, Columnist, The Washington Post
"Poignant, powerful, and deeply disturbing.  The voices of these survivors resonate loudly with The Museum of the African Diaspora, a first-voice museum, committed, as one of its goals, to sharing stories of enduring courage in its Ernest A. Bates, M.D. Slavery Passages exhibit.  This book is important in that it not only gives voice to victims of modern day slavery, but also because it provides steps that the active reader can take to help eradicate these modern day enslavement practices."
--Denise Bradley, Executive Director, Museum of the African Diaspora
"As was true before our Civil War, nothing is more important than the abolition movement. It is no longer domestic; it is now international. The darkness of the slave trade and the brightness of the concerned human spirit is made clear in this volume--for all who would know how far we have come and how far we have to go."
--Stanley Crouch, Columnist, New York Daily News

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  • Edited by Jesse Sage and Liora Kasten, with a Foreword by Gloria Steinem

  • Jesse Sage and Liora Kasten are associate directors of the American Anti-Slavery Group. Sage has appeared on NPR, BET, Pacifica Radio, and has spoken widely across the country.  Fast Company recognized him as one of its "Fast 50" social innovators for his development of activist web-portal iAbolish.com. 
  • Jesse Sage Anti Slavery Group
  • Liora Kasten


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Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery

Edited by Jesse Sage and Liora Kasten, with a Foreword by Gloria Steinem

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