Award-winning author gives voice to modern slaves


This is the headline of Summer Baldwin’s article on The Daily Nebraskan reporting on Siddhart Kara’s talk on Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Union City Auditorium. The scholar shared the stories of the trafficked people he has met and the places he has been. He shared the voices of the exploited people who fall into the modern forms of slavery.

Siddharth Kara is the first Fellow on Human Trafficking with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He speaks and consults extensively on contemporary slavery and human rights worldwide and advises several governments as well as private and non-governmental organizations on antislavery policy and law.

Kara’s first non-fiction book on contemporary slavery, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, was published by Columbia University Press in January 2009. In May 2010, a second edition was published in paperback. The book won the 2010 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, a highly prestigious award that is given to the most outstanding non-fiction book on the subject of slavery. Since the inception of the Award in 1999, numerous books on the subject of modern-day slavery have been submitted, but Kara’s book was the first to be awarded the prize.

More information on Kara’s work can be found here.


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