Synopses & Reviews
Illegal, inhuman, and impervious to recession, there is one trade that continues to thrive, just out of sight. The international sex trade criss-crosses the entire globe, a sinister network made up of criminal masterminds, local handlers, corrupt policemen, willfully blind politicians, eager consumers, and countless hapless women and children. In this ground-breaking work of investigative reporting, the celebrated journalist Lydia Cacho follows the trail of the traffickers and their victims from Mexico to Turkey, Thailand to Iraq, Georgia to the UK, to expose the trade's hidden links with the tourist industry, internet pornography, drugs and arms smuggling, the selling of body organs, money laundering, and even terrorism.
This is an underground economy in which a sex slave can be bought for the price of a gun, but Cacho's powerful first-person interviews with mafiosi, pimps, prostitutes, and those who managed to escape from captivity makes it impossible to ignore the terrible human cost of this lucrative exchange.
Shocking and sobering, Slavery Inc, is an exceptional book, both for the colossal scope of its enquiry, and for the tenacious bravery with which Cacho pursues the truth.
"Lionhearted Mexican journalist and activist Cacho probes prostitution, pedophilia, and sex trafficking rings across Southeast Asia, South America, and beyond in the follow-up to her last investigative opus, an edition that put one of her targets behind bars. Cacho pulls back the curtain on red-light districts in both East and West hemispheres. She walks through Le Merced in Mexico City as a nun, reports on a Yakuza ceremony in Tokyo patrolled by Japanese police officers, and shares the stories of Iraqi prostitutes servicing American soldiers. Combining journalism and social activism with a problematic lack of objectivity, Cacho's narrative nonfiction storytelling unfortunately reads less like a trained journalist's writing and more like a human rights activist in need of a lesson in basic reporting. For example, the author attacks post-modern feminists without clarifying their argument until the very last pages. Writing in the first person, Cacho is overly intent on showcasing the challenges she faced as a female investigative reporter as well as ongoing death threats; her unfiltered impressions detract from what the book purports to be the story of women bought and sold for pleasure. In a book about so vital a subject, Cacho's finger-pointing and righteous sentimentality deflate these issues and the victims' stories into a 'could-have-been' call-to-action. Agent: Andrea Montego, Indent Literary Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
is a Mexican journalist, author and a feminist activist. She has published seven books, one of them is the award-winning Manual to Prevent, Detect and Heal Child Sexual Abuse (Con Mi Hijo No)
. Currently Ms. Cacho is a columnist with El Universal
, the main daily newspaper in Mexico, and a workshop teacher on successful approaches to help trafficking victims and on Community Schools for Peace: a holistic approach to negotiate conflicts.
Roberto Saviano is the author of Gomorrah, a best-selling exposé of the Camorra Mafia in Naples. The 29-year-old first-time author spent five years researching the book, working undercover at a mob-owned construction site and even waiting tables at a Mafia wedding. Following the release of Gomorrah, Saviano received a series of death threats. He has spent the last two years in hiding under police protection.
Table of Contents
Foreword: The Power of Ethics Roberto Saviano xi
1 Turkey and the Golden Crescent 9
2 Israel and Palestine: What the War Hides 31
3 Japan: Mafia of Geishas 50
4 Cambodia: Europes Hideout 59
5 Burma: The War Against Women 92
6 ArgentinaMexico: Arms, Drugs, and Women 107
7 Clients: A Mans Secret 143
8 The Military and Prostitution 157
9 Money Laundering 174
10 The Pimp Profession 189
11 The Mafia and Globalization 208
12 Shifting Numbers, Moral Panic, and the Debate 223
13 Conclusions 238