‘No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery,’ wrote former slave, author and abolitionist Harriet Ann Jacobs in her 1861 memoir Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Sadly, more than 150 years later, the Global Slavery Index estimates tens of millions of people are subjected to human trafficking and slavery every year. And while, as Jacobs said, no words can apt describe the effects of this corruption, books and stories can help raise awareness and alarm in the face of injustice. Here are some books that do just that.
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Frederick Douglass was a key figure in helping to secure the abolition of slavery in America – discover his Narrative on the 150th anniversary of that event.
The chilling yet ultimately inspirational true story of how a 15-year-old teenager escaped the world of human trafficking
A haunting coming-of-age novel from one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists of the Year (2013), author of the acclaimed Beneath the Darkening Sky
Stunning and profound, the highly anticipated debut novel from the award-winning, bestselling author of We Were Eight Years in Power - a story of bondage, freedom, and love.
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Driven by dramatic first-person reporting, this is a powerful and beautifully written jeremiad that connects the dots between two of the great crises of our time—environmental destruction and human trafficking—and offers a new approach to resolving our biggest global problems.
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.