The New Abolitionists

June 28, 2009
(was 03.30.2008)

Would you be surprised to know there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history? An estimated 27 million people live in bondage. On this To the Best of Our Knowledge, the new abolitionists – including a reporter who risked his life to document the global traffic in human beings, and a woman who is free today for the first time in 28 years.

  1. Maria Suarez on Slavery and Freedom

    Maria Suarez tells the story of the five years she spent as a slave and the twenty three years she spent in prison for a murder she didn't commit. Today, Maria is active with a group called "Free the Slaves."

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  2. Benjamin Skinner on Modern Slave Markets

    Benjamin Skinner tells the story of how he infiltrated slave markets on five continents from slave quarries in India to child markets in Haiti and says that in Manhattan, you're five hours away from negotiating the sale of another human being in broad daylight.

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  3. Adam Hochschild on the Anti-Slavery Movement

    Journalist Adam Hochschild says the anti-slavery movement in Britain 200 years ago invented many of the political tools and tactics today's protesters still use.

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  4. Katrina Browne on "Traces of the Trade"

    Katrina Browne produced and directed the documentary "Traces of the Trade" in an effort to come to terms with her family's legacy of slave trading. Browne talks with Jim Fleming and we hear excerpts from her film.

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  5. Muhammad Yunus on Social Business

    Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a visionary economist who founded the micro-credit movement and India's Grameen Bank.

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