Books and Documentaries

Books and films about human trafficking will, by the very nature of the subject matter, be difficult to read and watch. The information and victim's stories are eye-opening and heartbreaking. But there is also hope and healing in many of these stories. Do not be discouraged - learn, share, act.

Suggested Reading:

A Path Appears - Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (his wife and co-author).
Compelled - Tomi Grover
Girls Like Us - Rachel Lloyd
Renting Lacy - Linda Smith
The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today, and Ending Slavery - Kevin Bales

Not For Sale - David Batstone (2010)

In the revised and updated version of this harrowing yet deeply inspirational exposé, award-winning journalist David Batstone gives the most up-to-date information available on the $31 billion human trafficking epidemic. With profiles of 21st century abolitionists like Thailandʼs Kru Nam and Peruʼs Lucy Borja, Batstone tells readers what they can do to stop the modern slave trade. Like Kevin Balesʼ Disposable People and Ending Slavery or E. Benjamin Skinnerʼs A Crime So Monstrous, Batstoneʼs Not for Sale is an informative and necessary manifesto for universal freedom.

Other Reading Material

Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

St Josephine Bakhita - Patron against human trafficking

Suggested Viewing:

by Shared Hope

~~As traffickers target younger and younger victims, American youth are engaged in a battle they never prepared for. This is the true story of teens who faced real-life encounters with trafficking and practical resources to spread awareness and take action.

This short film is particularly aimed at middle and high school age youth to equip them to protect themselves.

A Path Appears (2015)

"A Path Appears" is a 3-part PBS Independent Lens Film. 
Based on the book of the same name by authors Nicholas Kristof (of the New York Times) and Sheryl WuDunn (his wife and co-author), this documentary tracks celebrity activists to Columbia, Haiti, Kenya and throughout the U.S. The approach is intentionally upbeat, highlighting the successes, offering hope, and affirming there are opportunities and it is possible to transform lives.

The Long Night (2014)

The Long Night is a feature length documentary on grassroots efforts to address domestic minor sex trafficking and provides an incredibly intimate look at a young West Coast woman's battle to leave a life of sex work and addiction.

The Cantinera (2012)

A cantinera's job is to drink with men in Latin bars or clubs. Some work by choice, but the majority work by force, fraud or coercion. The Cantinera is a story of a woman who was forced by her mother to drink with men in Latin bars when she was twelve years old. Twenty-three years later, she is still drinking 30 beers a night, five nights a week, but longs for sobriety and a second chance.

Not My Life (2011)

Not My Life comprehensively depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited through an astonishing array of practices, including forced labor, sex tourism, sexual exploitation, and child soldiering.

The Dark side of Chocolate (2010)

"The Dark Side of Chocolate" is a documentary about the continued allegations of trafficking of children and child labor in the international chocolate industry. While we enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate, the reality is strikingly different for African children.

Not for Sale II (2010)

After more than 10 years of global efforts to combat slavery, the heartbreaking reality is that this massive multi-billion dollar criminal activity continues to grow. There are modern day abolitionists who battle human trafficking. "Not For Sale II" tells the story of five such heroes.

Not for Sale (2007)

Based on the book, Not for Sale by David Batstone, this documentary covers what modern-day abolitionists are doing to fight the rampant terrors of human trafficking in the US and abroad.



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