A beautifully written and eye-opening book that draws from the author's unique front-line experience over more than a decade. This is an absolutely essential read, full of engagement with survivors, deep research, and fresh ideas for how we can see, hear, understand and confront modern slavery in our society.
An inspiring, powerful memoir and a clear explanation of the development of modern slavery and the responses to it over the last twenty years. Written with humility and warmth, it demonstrates what an individual can do to really make a difference.
This is a must read book for anyone who wants to understand one of the gravest problems of contemporary society. Kate has managed to give voice to the unseen, provoke and challenge us to understand how as ordinary citizens we are all deeply implicated in exploitation, trafficking and slavery, but at the same time she wants us to dig deeper and think about how to bring about change. Brilliant and hugely important.
An intelligent and authoritatively written book based on evidence. Every survivor is different, every agency has different thresholds and criteria and it is no surprise that we have a messy dysfunctional system tackling modern slavery. This book should be read by those who know very little, but also maybe more importantly by those who think they know it all. As a former Police & Crime Commissioner and magistrate, I recognise that the author brings clarity to a confused scenario. Solutions are neither clear nor straightforward. Victims have limited choices, or no choice. The least worst choice just reminds us that this is our responsibility to know more. All our agencies and the public need to know the signs, to listen to our gut feeling. The "them" and "us" are clearly articulated. Under different situations, "Us" could become "them". This book is not about "do gooding". It's not about telling victims what to do, it's about giving them the power to make choices with knowledge.
Kate's compelling case studies reveal the agonising decisions survivors and their support workers must face in a system fit for purpose on paper, but that in reality offers very little, and risks re-traumatisation, criminalisation and even in some cases re-trafficking. Her book's recommendations, including from survivors themselves, alongside her message of empathy provides a powerful guide for both the public and policymakers alike.
This is a very personal moving story of the journey of one determined woman who decides that listening to the experiences of the victims of trafficking is not enough. Her response to the harrowing testimonies we read about is to set up the charity UNSEEN and champion the cause of victims to Government. Kate Garbers shows us that she is more than a campaigner as you will find when you read her book. She cares deeply and hopes that you will as well and then act. The question she is really posing to us all is will we?