by Toby Shelley - £20.99 Zed Books (2008)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781842778524 | ISBN 10: 1842778528
From cleaning to construction, from agriculture to domestic work, every day migrant labourers are exploited and enslaved. Extra hours are squeezed out of Polish food packers, and trafficked African children are used for forced labour. Low wages are used to drive down prices from the oil industry to airport services.
In this book, Toby Shelley shows that current unprecedented flows of migrant workers are a direct result of economic liberalization. The appalling conditions and legal abuses which confront these workers are not a premodern aberration, but an integral part of the global economy. Shelley argues that even governments, keen to protect big business, are complicit in this exploitation; their 'law and order' approach on immigration being part of this complicity.
Based on interviews and investigations with workers, unionists and activists, Exploited is a powerful and shocking read.
"...Toby Shelley presents a powerful legal and moral indictment against the governments and companies of the world in the exploitation of labour."
(Marcus Papadopoulos, Tribune)
"Shelley provides superb reporting and horrific anecdotes to describe the unfolding tragedy...Terse and angry, he reveals how time and time again, people jump through hoops of horror to live in lands that offer opportunity"
(Yale Global Online )
(Price & availability last checked: September 2018)
In booklists: Sweatshops and Migrant Labour, Capitalism, Corporate Power & Globalisation, Housework & Domestic Labour, Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery, Migration, Workers' Struggles, In categories: Anti-Capitalism & Global Inequality, Work & Workers Rights, Feminism & Women, Men & Masculinity, Society, Welfare, Justice & the State, Anti-Racism, Peace & Human Rights, Black, Asian & Other Diasporas, Violence & Abuse, Politics & Philosophy, History & Biography,