Benjamin Perrin Invisible Chains Summary

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In Benjamin Perrin’s book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking, he studies the issues pertaining to human trafficking and the sex-trade and their prevalence in modern Canadian society in connection to many other countries. He brings to the forefront Canada’s less than stellar record in combating the problem and paints a very realistic picture of how pervasive the issue is in Canada. The research for this book was conducted beginning in 2007 up to its publication in 2010. It took place in Canada as well as over a dozen other countries where the issue has been receiving international attention. The two main groups of people studied by Perrin are the victims of human trafficking as well as the traffickers. There are many types of inequality referenced in this book. Class, education, sexual and income inequality are…show more content…
The most pressing question Perrin tries to answer is what can Canada do to stop modern-day slavery? Very early in Perrin’s book it is clear that a tremendous amount of research has been done on the topics of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and the various global responses to these issues. He has used numerous research methods to formulate his argument including empirical study from his own travels to criminology and statistical research (Perrin, 255). Perrin conducted numerous interviews with people directly and indirectly involved in trafficking. The preface of the book documents Perrin’s 100-day trip to Cambodia with a group he founded called “The Future Group” (xvii). The trip provided him with first hand accounts of how young women and even children ended up as sex-workers. He also discusses how he and his team worked undercover to an extent to help document information provided to local authorities to help initiate a rescue effort. Many of the other

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