At the peak of the transatlantic slave trade, 80,000 slaves were transported from Africa to the new world. Now, New York Times human rights columnist Nicholas Kristof reports that more than 10 times as many women and girls are being forced into brothels or other forms of slavery.
In their new book, Half the Sky, Nicholas and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, investigate the causes and the very achievable solutions to putting an end to this form of modern-day slavery. "If you begin to think of your own child not in middle school, but being locked up in a brothel, then it suddenly becomes pretty real," he says.
Children like Long Pross, kidnapped from her Cambodian village at age 13, are forced into a terrifying world of prostitution. She had not yet had sex or her first period. "The fear was overwhelming," she says. "In a room they tied your hands, and outside there was a guard. If you resisted, they electrocuted you. Sometimes they electrocuted me twice a day if I argued too much."