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Non-Fiction and Fiction Books on Human Trafficking

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Human Trafficking - Courtney Farrell
ISBN: 9781617147739
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
Presents a look at human trafficking, discusses the effects on the victims, and explores ways to solve the problem.

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Human Trafficking Around the World - Kaye Stearman
ISBN: 9781448818792
Publication Date: 2011-01-15
Discusses the extent and effects of human trafficking, the term that is used today for modern-day slavery, which takes place in almost every country in the world.

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West of the Moon - Margi Preus
ISBN: 9781419708961
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
Gr 5–8—Astri is 13 when she is sold by her aunt and uncle to a goat farmer named Svaalberd to serve as an unpaid laborer. Defiant but practical, she spends months with the brutal and superstitious Svaalberd, cooking, cleaning, and caring for the goats, before she escapes the farm with her fellow captive, the mysterious Spinning Girl. Astri fetches her younger sister, Greta, from her aunt and uncle's house, and hightails it with Svaalberd's "treasure" to the coast in order to sail to America. At its most basic, this is a tale about a girl escaping a poverty-stricken life in mid-19th century Norway. But from the beginning, the mystical and wondrous elements of Norwegian folktales are woven into the narrative, lending a timeless quality to a story inspired by the author's family history. The harsh realities of that time period, from rickets to tetanus, take on a strange, magical, and often terrifying aspect, as seen through Astri's naive eyes. She compares her servitude to Svaalberd with the story of White Bear King Valemon, who steals a young girl away, but really, Svaalberd is more like a troll to Astri. Folktales inspire the protagonist and allow her to imagine her own situation as a sort of legend—but in real life, actions have consequences. The decisions Astri makes to survive come to haunt her, and with her regret comes a new maturity, strength, and an ability to face her future in America. Enthralling and unflinching, this historical tale resonates with mythical undertones that will linger with readers after the final page is turned.

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Nothing to Lose - Norah McClintock
ISBN: 9780761385318
Publication Date: 2012-01-04
A Robyn Hunter mystery. After a group of illegal immigrants are found dead inside a shipping container on the harbour, Robyn and her friend Nick try to helo a girl who managed to escape.

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Sold - Patricia McCormick
ISBN: 9780786851720
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Grades 9 and up. Due to maturity of this book and heart-breaking story, middle school students would need permission to read.
Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt-then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave.

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Shabanu - Suzanne Fisher Staples
ISBN: 9780307977885
Publication Date: 2012-09-11
When eleven-year old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, as is the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father's wishes

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Up for Sale - Alison Behnke
ISBN: 9781467716116
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
Due to the subject matter of this book, middle school students would need permission to read it. Targeted for 7th grade and up.
Describes human trafficking around the world, in which children and women are forced to work as prostitutes, debt slaves, household servants, and soldiers.

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Tell Me - Joan Bauer
ISBN: 9780451470331
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
Grade 4 and up
Feeling scared and powerless when her father's anger escalates and her parents separate, twelve-year-old Anna spends the summer with her grandmother and decides to make a difference when she sees what seems to be a girl held against her will.

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See No Evil - Jamila Gavin
Grades 7th-10th Mature Reader
Twelve-year-old Nettie's sheltered and privileged life changes after her beloved tutor mysteriously disappears and Nettie, aided by the son of a household employee, begins to learn the truth about her father, whose wealth began with trafficking in illegal aliens.


Non-fiction Books Human Trafficking

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Stolen Dreams - David L. Parker; Leeanne Engfer; Robert Conrow
ISBN: 9780822529606
Publication Date: 1997-07-01
Photographs and text document working children especially in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Mexico. Includes a chapter on Iqbal Masih, the child labor activist from Pakistan.

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Raise Your Voice and Lend a Hand, Change the World
ISBN: 0439946751
Social issues; Social issues and current events; Social situations

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Slavery Today
ISBN: 9780750223072
Grades 6-8-This well-written, global overview explains the nature of slavery throughout history and draws parallels to forms of forced labor that are being perpetuated in various parts of the world. Stearman addresses debt bondage (common in South Asia and in some South American countries), child labor and domestic service, trafficking in people and prostitution, exploited migrant workers, and forced labor camps. A final chapter explores ways public pressure by individuals, human-rights organizations, and governments are working to put an end to these inhumane practices. Highlighted case studies bring the horrors of modern slavery to life. The color and black-and-white photographs, particularly of children, are compelling. Features include an extensive glossary and a list of human-rights organizations


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Modern Slavery Books and Websites

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Disposable People - Kevin Bales
ISBN: 0520243846
Publication Date: 2004-11-16
Discusses worldwide modern slavery and its effects, including the types of modern slavery, its relationship with globalization, and how the world can end slavery.

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New Slavery - Kevin B. Bales; Mildred Vasan (Editor)
ISBN: 1851098151
Publication Date: 2005-07-26


Human Trafficking Books for Lower School

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Azad's Camel - Erika Pal
ISBN: 9781845079826
Publication Date: 2010-05-25
K- 3 Grade–Just outside a city somewhere in Arabia, an orphan boy innocently displays his balancing skill to his friends. As it happens, a wealthy sheikh sees Azad and arranges with his uncle to have the boy trained as a camel rider. Azad is taken to a camp in the desert where he works with many other children. Camel racing is frightening, and although he hates it, Azad is good at it and is forced to race often. A glimmer of hope appears one night when Asfur, his camel, speaks to him and suggests a plan to make their next race the last. They don't stop at the finish line, but run until they find themselves alone in the desert. The next morning, some Bedouins discover them and offer them a safe home. Rendered in watercolor and ink, the illustrations aptly depict the action, but the text lacks a readable flow and believable dialogue. A note about camel racing provides information about child smuggling and this dangerous sport, making this book a serviceable title about an important and underexposed topic

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Tuki and Moka - Judy Young; Jim Madsen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781585367955
Publication Date: 2013-08-01
K-Grade 4–Eduardo and his father are castañeros, traveling from their small town in Ecuador up the river to gather Brazil nuts in the Amazonian rain forest. The boy enjoys these trips despite the dangers and befriends some macaws and two playful tamarins, Tuki and Moka. One night, traffickers capture the colorful birds and furry mammals. Upon returning to their village, Eduardo sees the poachers ready to load the stolen animals onto a truck and manages to engineer an escape for them. This story would be best shared in a group setting where there is ample opportunity to discuss the ethics of animal poaching and when it is appropriate for kids to take matters into their own hands.

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Amistad Rising - Veronica Chambers; Shelly Bowen (Editor); Allyn M. Johnston (Editor)
ISBN: 9780152018030
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
Grades 3-6th
A fictional account of the 1839 revolt of Africans aboard the slave ship Amistad and the subsequent legal case argued before the Supreme Court in 1841 by former president John Quincy Adams.

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Meet Addy - Connie Rose Porter; Dahl Taylor (Illustrator); Roberta Johnson (Editor); Renee Graef (Illustrator); Luann Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781562470753
Publication Date: 1993-09-01
Grades 3-5
Nine-year-old Addy Walker escapes from a cruel life of slavery to freedom during the Civil War.


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