Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight | Columbia University Press
Supply chains in fashion and other industries worldwide have become incredibly convoluted and subcontracting is rampant. This creates an opportunity for brokers to insert themselves into the chain and charge astronomical fees, putting workers in indentured servitude.
Lack of transparency isn't just a problem for workers but also for people who live near effluent from under- or un-monitored factories around the world. Lack of monitoring also affects the final product we buy, not only in quality but also in the chemicals and materials used to create the item. For example, did you know that 1 out of 5 fake leather accessories tested by the Center for Environmental Health contains lead?
In this book, author Stephanie Hepburn, our founder, and co-author Rita Simon focus on the trafficking practices and anti-trafficking measures of the United States and 23 other nations. The authors reveal gaps in legislation and enforcement and outline the cultural norms and biases, marginalization, societal assumptions and conflicting policies that make trafficking scenarios so pervasive and resilient.
Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight is an excellent way to learn more on this critical topic without feeling helpless or that what's happening to laborers around the world is too remote to do anything about. You can actually do something -- you can vote with your dollar and by increasing your awareness, you make this hidden-in-plain-sight crime increasingly visible.
Immensely well-documented and useful. Kirkus Reviews
An immensely learned and informative piece of work, much needed to prod and set aright the misperceptions and lethargy that beset this disturbing issue. Washington Post
Superior and well-written, this is the rare resource that is both scholarly and approachable, making it a must-read. Library Journal