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Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking Hardcover – Oct 5 2010


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; Canadian First edition (Oct. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067006453X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670064533
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Justice_seeker on June 6 2011
Format: Hardcover
In the past few years I have been studying human trafficking and reading every book I could get my hands on. This is the first book to extensively research trafficking in Canada and I found it incredibly informative and helpful. I've read books covering the topic in so many other countries and while I was aware that it is just as prolific in Canada but I had a hard time finding research on it. This book covers it all and also offers great and reasonable solutions that we can accomplish if we work together and stand up to injustice. The fact is that there is more slavery today than any other time in history should be a wake up call. The trans-atlantic slave trade of black people was only a drop in the ocean compared to what is happening today. My hope is that everyone who reads this book will become an abolitionist and be responsible with teh information they have gained.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Reviews on May 21 2010
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PRAISE FOR INVISIBLE CHAINS

"Many Canadians think they are far removed from issues like human trafficking and sexual exploitation. This book proves otherwise by explaining exactly how these types of serious human rights violations occur on a day-to-day basis at home and abroad."
- Roméo Dallaire, Lieutenant General (ret'd), Senator

"The women depicted here are heartbreakingly recognizable. Their exploitation is occurring right on our doorsteps, and Invisible Chains is a powerful indictment of human trafficking in Canada."
- Deepa Mehta, filmmaker

"This book shines light into the darkest corners of Canada. An unflinching account of modern-day slavery in our communities, it will leave you shocked, outraged, and compelled to act."
- Preston Manning, former Leader of the Official Opposition

"Compelling, powerful, and thought-provoking. Invisible Chains is a riveting journey that exposes Canada's role in the international trade in people."
- Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

"Invisible Chains cracks open what must be our shocking secret - Canada's thriving sex slavery industry. Benjamin Perrin has a gift for storytelling and I can't think of a more important story to tell."
- Monte Solberg, former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

"Perrin provides an in-depth account of domestic sex trafficking in Canada, how it is affecting First Nations in alarming rates, and provides the necessary awareness and tools to combat human trafficking."
- Grand Chief Ron Evans, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

"Perrin documents how debt and intimidation--if not shackles--produce slavery right in North America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Cowan on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Braun on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelsi TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 2 2014
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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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