Kevin Bales was the featured speaker of Drury's Theme Day.
From charcoal makers in Brazil to cocoa harvesters in the Ivory Coast and beyond, an estimated 27 million people around the world are slaves today. In agriculture, mining, manufacturing and other industries, the Earth’s population boom, especially in developing nations, has made human life cheap, and slavery profitable. Kevin Bales, Ph.D. is director of Free the Slaves, an international agency dedicated to revealing and ending modern slavery. His most recent work examines human trafficking into the Unites States. Following Bales’ talk, there will be a screening and discussion of the Emmy and Peabody-award-winning documentary Slavery: A Global Investigation, which was based on Bales’ book Disposable People: Slavery in the New Economy.
“It’s as if all identity has been stolen from them, except their identity as slaves.”