by Binka Le Breton - £17.95 Latin America Bureau (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781899365562 | ISBN 10: 1899365567
The illegal trade in people is surpassed only by that in drugs and arms. 'Trapped' explores some of the life stories behind this scandal and tragedy by looking at one of the regions in the world where debt-bondage is still common - the Brazillian Amazon. In huge ranches deep in the Amazon, migrant workers are enmeshed in a web of debt, deceit and cruelty, caught up in an illegal trade in humans. Le Breton explores the lives of these workers, trapped in debt-slavery, and lets them tell their stories in their own words. Many have lost all contact with their families and hometowns; some have even forgotten their names. Le Breton also talks with those who benefit from this injustice, as well as those fighting it, and offers suggestions on how it can be consigned to history. A vivid, highly readable book, by a resident of Brazil who set off by bus and motorbike to trace for herself the links in this hidden trade and expose them to the world.
(Price & availability last checked: March 2018)