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Contemporary slavery is subject of talk, April 14

Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves Inc., will speak on "Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Bales, an expert on contemporary slavery, leads the Washington, D.C.-based Free the Slaves, a non-profit organization working to end slavery worldwide. He also is a professor of sociology at the University of Surrey Roehampton in London and consultant to the United Nations on slavery and trafficking.

Bales is the author of the book "Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy" (University of California Press, 1999), which describes modern slavery as a global phenomenon and investigates how it exists in five countries. Bales claims that although slavery is illegal throughout the world, more than 27 million people are still kept in bondage.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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