The Common Good
February 2012

Shutting Down "Satan’s Marketplace"

by Stewart Burns | February 2012

In “’Humankind’s Most Savage Cruelty,’” I describe how it will take every weapon in the arsenal of nonviolence to end the ...

In “’Humankind’s Most Savage Cruelty’” (February 2012 Sojourners), I describe how it will take every weapon in the arsenal of nonviolence to end the global slave trade. Here are some resources for getting started on this most vital mission.



Not My Life (2011, 80 min.), directed and produced by Academy Award-nominee Robert Bilheimer, Worldwide Documentaries: A film about slavery in our time. Website offers extensive information, resources, and links, and how to make best use of this path-breaking film, the first comprehensive documentary on global slavery, filmed on five continents; just released


Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Knopf, 2009): Bestselling book with compelling chapters on sex slavery and women’s resistance.

E. Benjamin Skinner, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-day Slavery (Free Press, 2008): Thoroughly researched, a vivid testament and moving reportage on one of the great evils of our time.

Siddharth Kara, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery (Columbia University Press, 2009): Comprehensive account across four continents, focusing on economic and business aspects of global slavery and how aggressive economic and financial measures might stop it.

Julia O’Connell Davidson, Children in the Global Sex Trade (Polity, 2005): Thorough scholarly analysis of all aspects of the subject and its political, legal, and economic contexts.


Free the Slaves,
Works on the ground to free slaves around the globe, provides basic needs to survivors.

End Slavery Now (New Underground Railroad),
Education, organizing, and fundraising to end slavery.

International Justice Mission (IJM),
Seeks to make public justice systems work for slaves and aids rescues, especially of children.

Polaris Project,
Serves survivors’ needs and runs human trafficking hotline (888-373-7888).

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS),
Empowers young women to exit sexual exploitation and trafficking and develop their full potential.

DC Stop Modern Slavery,
Washington, DC, community organization.

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST),
Client-centered approach to empower survivors.

Serves trafficking survivors’ needs, focusing on mentoring, job training, and entrepreneurial opportunities, based in London, U.K.

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