“An informative call to action . . . a humane and helpful primer on how to sever the links that create and hide human bondage.”
“Will likely change the way you understand your community.”
(Deborah Fink Friends Journal
“Anyone wanting a better understanding of the ongoing problem of slavery in the United States—and their own role in perpetuating or eradicating it—should read this book.”
(Charles Song California Lawyer
"Essential reading for anyone interested in human rights. . . . [The authors] appeal to the reader's sense of justice and compassion."
(Tiffany Williams Foreign Policy In Focus
"If you read one book on human trafficking this year, make it The Slave Next Door. . . . Digestible, enjoyable, and ultimately uplifting."
"With the help of this great book . . . we can shift from ignoring this crude reality to [eradicating] this abominable practice."
(African Politics Portal
“An arresting volume.”
From the Inside Flap
"Once again, Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter make us confront a tragic realitythere are as many as 27 million people trapped in modern slavery worldwide. In this book, we hear the voices of survivors and those who are fighting every day for freedom."Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
"Most Americans believe that slavery in our country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. They are wrong. As Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter document in this excellent volume, human bondage is a reality for thousands of children, women and men living in the United States. The Slave Next Door exposes slavery in today's America in all its forms, and sounds a call to arms to government, corporations, and private citizens alike."Kerry Kennedy, Founder, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights
"This is a book to make you angry. From Florida field workers who pick some of the fruits and vegetables we eat to prisoners in China who make desk lamps we can buy at Wal-Mart, Bales and Soodalter show us the manifold ways that unfree labor is woven into the American economy. And, most important, they show us what we can do to stop it."Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains and King Leopold's Ghost