Unfortunately, slavery is not a problem from the past, but very much something that concerns nations around the world, including the United States, today. This isn’t slavery that is sanctioned by the state or by governments, but rather done illegally by either deceiving people, or outright kidnapping them. Most of the time, people are transported to another country, one where they don’t speak the language or even understand the customs. This is intentional, because if a kidnapped victim were to escape, who could they turn to? Some are afraid that the country they have been brought into will send them back since they are there illegally.
The horrors of being a slave today are often overlooked because so many people think that slavery is over. Little do they know, that the person in the back of the restaurant might be a slave. Up for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery by Alison Marie Behnke gives the reader much to think about.
Recommended for 8th grade and up.