Slaves harvest cocoa in Ivory Coast, make charcoal used to produce steel in Brazil, weave carpets in India. The list goes on. Bales recounts his 15-year journey in search of real world solutions to ending slavery. Bales will introduce special guest Maria Suarez, an immigrant victim of sex trafficking.
Kevin Bales is President of Free the Slaves, the US Sister organization of Anti-Slavery International (the world's oldest human rights organization), and Professor of Sociology at RoehamptonUniversity in London. His book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy published in 1999, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Archbishop Desmond Tutu called it "a well researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing expose of modern slavery". The documentary based on his work, which he co-wrote, Slavery: A Global Investigation, won the Peabody Award for 2000 and two Emmy Awards in 2002. He is a Trustee of Anti-Slavery International and was a consultant to the United Nations Global Program on Trafficking of Human Beings. He recently completed a two-year study of human trafficking into the US for the National Institute of Justice. His book Understanding Global Slavery was published in September 2005. He is the author of New Slavery: A Reference Handbook (revised 2nd ed. 2005). His book Ending Slavery, a roadmap for the global eradication of slavery, was published in Sept. 2007.