“Not for Sale”: Free Audiobook
I’m kind of in love with Christianaudio.com. It’s an online audiobook store focused on Christian publications. They have some great stuff available, ranging from classic to cutting-edge. But the real reason I’m hooked: every month they offer one full audiobook, free to download in its entirety. Since I signed up for notifications from the site a few months ago, I’ve gotten free MP3 versions of Augustine’s Confessions and John Calvin’s writings on prayer. Not a bad deal at all.
Imagine my excitement when I learned today that February’s free audiobook is Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We can Fight It, by David Batstone.* I’ve been wanting to read this book, especially since reading Nicholas Kristof’s recent articles on sex slavery.** Here’s the official product description:
Award-winning journalist David Batstone reveals the story of a new generation of 21st century abolitionists and their heroic campaign to put an end to human bondage. In his accessible and inspiring book, Batstone carefully weaves the narratives of activists and those in bondage in a way that not only raises awareness of the modern-day slave trade, but also serves as a call to action.
With 2007 bringing the 200th anniversary of the climax of the 19th century abolitionist movement, the world pays tribute to great visionary figures such as William Wilberforce of the United Kingdom and American Frederick Douglass for their remarkable strides toward framing slavery as a moral issue that people of good conscience could not tolerate. This anniversary serves not only as a commemorative date for battles won against slavery, but also as a reminder that slavery and bondage still persist in the 21st century. An estimated 27 million people around the globe suffer in situations of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation from which they cannot free themselves. Trafficking in people has become increasingly transnational in scope and highly lucrative. After illegal drug sales and arms trafficking, human trafficking is today the third most profitable criminal activity in the world, generating $31 billion annually. As many as half of all those trafficked worldwide for sex and domestic slavery are children under 18 years of age.
I’m really just beginning to learn about and engage with this issue. It’s been on my mind lately, so I’m pretty psyched to listen to this book. I’ve spend some time looking around The Not for Sale Campaign website, and it’s good stuff.
Downloading the free audiobook is very easy. You have to create an account with Christianaudio.com, but the process is quick and painless. Here’s the site to visit: http://christianaudio.com/free_download.php. Coupon code is FEB2009.
*The free audiobook download also comes with a PDF version of “The Abolitionist Church Handbook” from The Not for Sale Campaign.
** It’s not hard to see the connection between AIDS and human trafficking, especially sex slavery. Moreover, this is just a huge issue, and one I consider well-worth covering on this site.