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Invisible Chains [Paperback]

Benjamin Perrin
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Oct. 4 2011
Just outside Toronto, a 14-year-old Canadian girl was auctioned on the internet for men to purchase by the hour. A young woman was taken by slave traders from an African war zone to Edmonton to earn greater profits by exploiting her in prostitution. A gang called Wolfpack recruited teenagers in Quebec and sold them for sex to high-profile men in the community.

The global problem of human trafficking is only beginning to be recognized in Canada, even though it has been hidden in plain sight. In Invisible Chains, award-winning law professor and policy expert Benjamin Perrin exposes cases of human trafficking, recording in-depth interviews with people on the front lines—police officers, social workers, and the victims themselves—and bringing to light government records released under access-to-information laws.


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BENJAMIN PERRIN is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and a leading expert on human trafficking. As senior policy adviser to the minister of citizenship and immigration, and a witness before several parliamentary committees, he has advised the federal government on this issue. He has also worked overseas with victims and assisted in the prosecution of child sex offenders as executive director of The Future Group, a non-governmental organization that he founded in 2000 to combat human trafficking.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow.....well done! May 13 2014
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The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I'm not sure I could "LOVE" a book with this content! However, I do applaud the author & all involved in this very necessary cause! It has grabbed both my heart & my husband's heart big time. We have been reading & learning as much as we can over the last few years. Sobering to know that Human Trafficking is alive & well within our Canadian borders, but so important to be aware of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Human Trafficking April 14 2014
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I will never look at an unmarked van in the same way again.

Invisible Chains describes, in detail, the Canadian side of human trafficking - of all manner of frightened and disandvantaged human beings - many of whom thought they were coming to a better life.

I appreciated the index at the back of the book to volunteer associations in every Canadian province.

Benjamin Perrin details the way to work together to diminish the success of such terrible abuse and crime.

Eleanor Cowan, author of: A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening and informative. Jan. 2 2014
By Kelsi
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I have now read several books on human trafficking and *Invisible Chains* is probably the best book on this subject I have read so far.

It gives a detailed analysis on trafficking in Canada as well as the insufficient and ineffective ways Canada has tried, or more accurately, hasn't tried to tackle human trafficking.

The statistics and stories that appear will shock and anger you. This book is a must read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A serious issue that is often overlooked. Dec 11 2012
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It is a first book that talks about human trafficking in Canada. This book discusses the issue of human trafficking happening in Canada and compares different legislation from different countries dealing with this issue. However, due to the author's own limited view. This book only represent human trafficking issue in Canada from a one-way mirror without full analysis for this complicated issue. The author presents some good suggestions, such as punishing the john and people who profit from human trafficking and bring out issue of domestic trafficking to the open. However, I do feel it lacks in-depth analysis that's based on anti-oppression and anti-racism framework, therefore, lack the ability to form a big picture of this complex issue and also fail to link it with history of colonization and the nature of capitalism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Oct. 29 2011
By MHS
Ben Perrin presents the issue of human trafficking in Canada in a clear and understandable way. Every law enforcement officer, lawyer, district attorney, judge and parliamentarian in Canada should read this book. All Canadian need to know that human trafficking is happening in our neighborhood. Professor Perrin demonstrates this well.
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