The New Abolitionists

Twenty-seven million slaves exist in our world today. Girls and boys, women and men of all ages are forced to toil in the rug looms of Nepal, sell their bodies in the brothels of Rome, break rocks in the quarries of Pakistan, and fight wars in the jungles of Africa. Go behind the façade in any major town or city in the world today and you are likely to find a thriving commerce in human beings.

So begins NOT for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade – and How We Can Fight It by David Batstone. The book is not yet released, but Jim Wallis has an excellent summary in an article on beliefnet.com in which he argues that we need new abolitionists, new people like William Wilberforce.