A Promise to Nadia

Author: Zana Muhsen
Publisher: Little Brown Uk
ISBN: 0751543691
Release Date: 2010-10-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2000.

Hidden Girl

Author: Shyima Hall
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781442481688
Release Date: 2014-01-21
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The author relates how she was sold by poor parents into slavery and forced to endure brutal servitude in California until a neighbor's anonymous call to the police began her journey to freedom and her subsequent efforts to fight for child slaves.

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Author: Zana Muhsen
Publisher: Little Brown Uk
ISBN: 0751543985
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A newly updated edition of a young girls' account of her terrifying experiences with being sold by her father as a modern day sex slave in Yemen Zana Muhsen, born and bred in Birmingham, is of Yemeni origin. When her father told her she was to spend a holiday with relatives in North Yemen, she jumped at the chance. Ages 15 and 13 respectively, Zana and her sister discovered that they had been literally sold into marriage, and that on their arrival they were virtually prisoners. They had to adapt to a completely alien way of life, with no running water, dung-plastered walls, frequent beatings, and the ordeal of childbirth on bare floors with only old women in attendance. After eight years of misery and humiliation Zana succeeded in escaping, but her sister is still there, and it seems likely that she will now never leave the country where she has spent more than half her life.

Slave

Author: Mende Nazer
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9780786738977
Release Date: 2009-04-28
Genre: Social Science

Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold into slavery. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village, murdering the adults and rounding up thirty-one children, including Mende. Mende was sold to a wealthy Arab family who lived in Sudan's capital city, Khartoum. So began her dark years of enslavement. Her Arab owners called her "Yebit," or "black slave." She called them "master." She was subjected to appalling physical, sexual, and mental abuse. She slept in a shed and ate the family leftovers like a dog. She had no rights, no freedom, and no life of her own. Normally, Mende's story never would have come to light. But seven years after she was seized and sold into slavery, she was sent to work for another master—a diplomat working in the United Kingdom. In London, she managed to make contact with other Sudanese, who took pity on her. In September 2000, she made a dramatic break for freedom. Slave is a story almost beyond belief. It depicts the strength and dignity of the Nuba tribe. It recounts the savage way in which the Nuba and their ancient culture are being destroyed by a secret modern-day trade in slaves. Most of all, it is a remarkable testimony to one young woman's unbreakable spirit and tremendous courage.

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Author: Patricia McCormick
Publisher: Disney Electronic Content
ISBN: 9781484731673
Release Date: 2015-01-13
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt—then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Lakshmi's life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother's words— Simply to endure is to triumph—and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision—will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life? Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.

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Author: Zana Muhsen
Publisher: Little Brown GBR
ISBN: 0751509515
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Zana Muhsen, born and bred in Birmingham, is of Yemeni origin. When her father told her she was to spend a holiday with relatives in North Yemen, she jumped at the chance. Aged 15 and 13 respectively, Zana and her sister discovered that they had been literally sold into marriage, and that on their arrival they were virtually prisoners. They had to adapt to a completely alien way of life, with no running water, dung-plastered walls, frequent beatings, and the ordeal of childbirth on bare floors with only old women in attendance. After eight years of misery and humiliation Zana succeeded in escaping, but her sister is still there, and it seems likely that she will now never leave the country where she has spent more than half her life. This is an updated edition of Zana's account of her experiences.

Without Mercy

Author: Miriam Ali
Publisher: Warner Books (NY)
ISBN: 075151635X
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Abduction

Providing an account of her battle with an abusive man and with bureaucracy, this is the story of a woman's fight against a violent and tyrannical relationship, and her struggle to reclaim her two daughters, sold into marriage in the Yemen. Mirian Kamouhi - half Pakistani, half English - met Muthana Muhsen in Birmingham in 1960, when she was 17. They never married, but had seven children, the two eldest of whom were sent to Yemen in 1966 for a holiday . Their mother, fighting ill-health and with little money, would not meet them again until they were adults.

The Slave Across the Street

Author: Theresa L. Flores
Publisher: Ampelon Publishing
ISBN: 9780982328682
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Reveals how the author became a victim of human trafficking while living at home with her unsuspecting parents in a Detroit suburb, discussing how she healed the wounds of sexual exploitation and offering important education and prevention advice.

Modern Slavery

Author: Kevin Bales
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780740348
Release Date: 2011-04-01
Genre: Social Science

There are 27 million slaves alive today - more than at any point in history. Written by the world’s leading experts, this shocking examination combines original research with first-hand stories from the slaves themselves to provide a reliable account of one of the worst humanitarian crises facing us today. Looking to the future, the authors offer hope with a global blueprint that proposes to end slavery in our lifetime. Kevin Bales is president of Free the Slaves. He lives in Takoma Park, MD. Zoe Trodd and Alex Kent Williamson are history and pathology specialists respectively at Harvard University.

Sex Trafficking

Author: Siddharth Kara
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231542630
Release Date: 2017-08-29
Genre: Law

Since the publication of Sex Trafficking in 2007, Siddharth Kara has continued to travel across countries and continents, documenting the local factors and economic forces that support sexual slavery worldwide. His riveting encounters with victims and traffickers informed his screenplay for Trafficked (2016), now a major motion picture. The film features familiar figures from Sex Trafficking and the shocking conditions of their exploitation. It also includes cases Kara has uncovered since his book debuted. This new paperback edition of Sex Trafficking includes a preface by Kara in which he discusses his findings and updates the statistics relating to his business and economic analysis of contemporary slavery. After fifteen years, Kara has recorded nearly 900 cases of sex trafficking in forty-one countries and has helped advise on numerous legal, tactical, and policy efforts for abolishing modern-day slavery across the globe. Sex Trafficking continues to lead as a resource for those hoping to expose this hidden evil and eradicate its practice once and for all.

A Free Woman on God s Earth

Author: Jana Laiz
Publisher: Crow Flies Press
ISBN: 9780981491028
Release Date: 2009-11-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Highlights the life and accomplishments of the eighteenth-century female slave who successfully sued her owner to win her freedom and whose case helped to set precedents that led to slavery being barred in Massachusetts.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Author: Harriet Jacobs
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743460569
Release Date: 2003-05-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Recounts the author's childhood as a slave, her escape to the north, and the help she received from both blacks and whites, and documents the degradation and injustices of slavery.

Kindred

Author: Octavia Butler
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 9780807083703
Release Date: 2004-02-01
Genre: Fiction

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

Survivors of Slavery

Author: Laura T. Murphy
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231535755
Release Date: 2014-03-25
Genre: Social Science

Slavery is not a crime confined to the far reaches of history. It is an injustice that continues to entrap twenty-seven million people across the globe. Laura Murphy offers close to forty survivor narratives from Cambodia, Ghana, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United States, detailing the horrors of a system that forces people to work without pay and against their will, under the threat of violence, with little or no means of escape. Representing a variety of circumstances in diverse contexts, these survivors are the Frederick Douglasses, Sojourner Truths, and Olaudah Equianos of our time, testifying to the widespread existence of a human rights tragedy and the urgent need to address it. Through storytelling and firsthand testimony, this anthology shapes a twenty-first-century narrative that many believe died with the end of slavery in the Americas. Organized around such issues as the need for work, the punishment of defiance, and the move toward activism, the collection isolates the causes, mechanisms, and responses to slavery that allow the phenomenon to endure. Enhancing scholarship in women's studies, sociology, criminology, law, social work, and literary studies, the text establishes a common trajectory of vulnerability, enslavement, captivity, escape, and recovery, creating an invaluable resource for activists, scholars, legislators, and service providers.

Breaking Free

Author: Abby Sher
Publisher: Barrons Juveniles
ISBN: 1438004532
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Tells the stories of three girls who survived sexual slavery and how they are now working to help others who face the same struggle.