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Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking [Hardcover]

Benjamin Perrin
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Oct. 5 2010

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, Benjamin Perrin, an award-winning law professor and policy expert, 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ June 6 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Advance Praise for Invisible Chains May 21 2010
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"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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5.0 out of 5 stars great.. in our backyard Dec 23 2013
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i enjoyed the product a lot... pretty much like it was advised and even more... i can say im satisfied
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