I received a forwarded e-mail from my cousin Katrina today (producer/director of Traces of the Trade) about a book that has just been published about modern-day slavery. The e-mail comes from the author, Benjamin Skinner:
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 10:35:21 -0400
As many of you know, I have spent four years on five continents in order to find and give voice to slaves, who are more numerous today than ever before. I’m now writing to ask for your help in the last leg of that journey.
A Crime So Monstrous
The stories are threaded like a novel, and none is simple. Slave traders sometimes showed me remorse as well as barbarity; slave liberators showed idiocy as well as courage; and sometimes, somehow, some slave men managed to regain their dignity, some slave women managed to trust men, and some slave children managed to be kids.
My attempt to show the world what slavery means, and thus to spark action against it, is A Crime So Monstrous
We’ve had enough war; but we need a movement. This starts with you. Forward this email. Read the book. Write about the book. Talk about the book. Get angry. Shout about the crime until you’re hoarse. Then act with resolve to end it.
Please visit www.acrimesomonstrous.com
Thank you all for your support over these years. I owe you a drink.
This evening I found this story on NPR’s Day to Day about Skinner’s book. I wrote about modern day slavery in this blog back in November. I talk about it on my book tour. I’m going to buy this book and read it and I hope you will too. One of the misinformed comments I receive from time to time, and read about far too often, is that slavery is in the past. There’s no need to talk about this anymore. Let’s all just get over it.
It isn’t over.