A World Enslaved
• Today, there are more slaves than at any time in human history.
• Five hours from Manhattan, you can buy a human being for $50.
• “Forced, unpaid, they work in captivity from before dawn until night. Benavil [Lebhom]
and thousands of other formal and informal traffickers lure these children from
desperately impoverished rural parents, with promises of free schooling and a better
The Cruel Truth
• In Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, traffickers have forced as many as 2 million
into prostitution or labor.
• Though George W. Bush trumpeted an anti-slavery movement spearheaded by the
enforcement of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, the quiet work of
the U.S. state department has resulted in no measurable decline in the number of slaves
• Western efforts against slavery have been hamstrung by a warped understanding of
o In the U.S., feminist and evangelical activists forced the Bush administration to
focus exclusively on the sex trade.