As Congress recently introduced and passed legislation that uses $50 million in federal money aimed at ending forced labor and human trafficking, the Hoover Institution Press releases Invisible Slaves: The Victims and Perpetrators of Modern-Day Slavery.
During the past decade, there have been significant developments in the global fight against modern-day slavery. Despite the best efforts from Washington to reduce forced labor and sexual servitude around the world, today more than 46 million people remain under the crushing bonds of slavery - yet the average person is not aware that slavery exists to this extent.
“This is a deeply moving book. Factual and calm, Kurt Hauser issues a carefully documented, urgent wake-up call. Slavery remains shockingly pervasive around the world in the 21st century, even in Western countries,” said Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and founder of the AHA Foundation. “With this book, Hauser helps slavery’s invisible victims to be heard.”
In Invisible Slaves, author W. Kurt Hauser’s mission is simple: to bring public awareness to the global crisis of modern-day slavery. Country by country, Hauser illuminates the harsh realities of slavery around the world, with research and firsthand stories that reframe slavery as a modern-day crisis, not a historical phenomenon or third-world issue. The book presents a devastating, undeniable conclusion: slavery is not a problem of the past but a present-day scourge.
“Invisible Slaves recounts in readable prose and riveting detail the pervasiveness of contemporary slavery, found beyond just developing lands in our own Facebook world,” said Thomas Henriksen, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. “This tour d’horizon blends numerical data with tragic vignettes of individuals swallowed up in a shadowy and wicked enslavement. By writing this unflinching account Kurt Hauser opens our consciousness, our minds, and our hearts to a present-day evil too often ignored.”
At a time when slavery is “the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world,” Hauser appeals to governments and ordinary citizens alike to meet this humanitarian crisis with awareness, action, and compassion.
About the Author
W. Kurt Hauser received BA and MBA degrees from Stanford University. He was the head of an investment management firm for most of his career. As an economist his work has been published in many news media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Investor’s Business Daily, among others. He is the author of Taxation and Economic Performance (Hoover Press, 1996); his research on the relationship among tax rates, federal government revenues, and economic growth has become known as Hauser’s Law. He is a past chairman of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. For the past decade he has devoted his time to researching the origin, evolution, development, and ubiquity of global slavery.
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