Invisible Chains

Invisible Chains

Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking

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Penguin Group Canada
Just outside Toronto, a 14-year-old Canadian girl was auctioned on the internet for men to purchase by the hour. A young woman was taken by slave traders from an African war zone to Edmonton to earn greater profits by exploiting her in prostitution. A gang called Wolfpack recruited teenagers in Quebec and sold them for sex to high-profile men in the community.

The global problem of human trafficking is only beginning to be recognized in Canada, even though it has been hidden in plain sight. In Invisible Chains, Benjamin Perrin, an award-winning law professor and policy expert, exposes cases of human trafficking, recording in-depth interviews with people on the front lines—police officers, social workers, and the victims themselves—and bringing to light government records released under access-to-information laws.

Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Viking Canada : Penguin Group, 2010
ISBN: 9780143178972
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill., ports


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squib Jan 23, 2018

an eye-opening look into the particulars of human trafficking in Canada. We have little to be proud of. As this book was published in 2010, I hope that the recommendations the author presented have been taken up, put into place, and spread into public awareness. We all of us need to know how to recognize and help the prostituted and trafficked people in our communities.

Jun 26, 2014

Reading the personal stories of the women/girls involved made me feel terrible for them because they couldn't find a way out by themselves.

RockTheBooks Jan 07, 2012

Disturbing and eye opening. I could not put this book down. Perrin is very informative regarding human trafficking in Canada and worldwide. The fact that countries like Cambodia and Vietnam make upward of 14% of their GDP through sexual exploitation and trafficking is repulsive. What's even more disturbing is what little Canada has done to protect both Canadian and international victims of human trafficking. A book well worth reading!

Cdnbookworm Aug 09, 2011

Wow. I was aware that human trafficking was going on in the world and even in Canada, but several things in this book really surprised me. First, I was surprised at the extent of this crime here. Second, I was surprised at the lack of arrests and convictions, especially given the extent. Canada is an embarrassment among other countries on several counts. This is especially interesting given Harper's "law and order" platform. Here are some criminals he can really go after, victims he can really rescue, and look good both domestically and internationally doing so. Of course it would require cooperation with NGOs (something he isn't good at) and open and clear communication (ditto).
This book is very readable and something we should all be aware of. As Perrin shows, the education of the average citizen on this issue can assist in freeing the victims and bringing justice to the criminals. Much more needs to be done by the government, but the more we know about this crime and the signs of it, the likelier we will make a real difference. Perrin outlines endeavours by a number of other countries that give us a roadmap of where to go.
This is an amazing book, with so much information. Perrin knows his stuff and works to make a difference himself every day.

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