Half the Sky Themes

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
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Slavery

Kristof and WuDunn point out that most people in first world countries believe that slavery was abolished more than a century ago and that it doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. However, that perception is not accurate. The authors write that there are different forms of modern-day slavery which include the sub-categories of sex trafficking and kidnapping that renders young girls powerless with nothing to look forward to other than a bleak and terrifying existence that is merely for the pleasure and profit of others. Young men are also kidnapped and trafficked and turned into slaves but their numbers pale in comparison to the girls who are abused in this manner.

Kristof and WuDunn write that slavery has existed since the beginning of time. There are mentions of slaves in the Bible and by philosophers who were empathetic to everything and everyone except their slaves. Great Britain...

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