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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Chapter 1 - Migration in Context Chapter 2 - Migrant Labour Chapter 3 - Impacts Chapter 4 - Government Responses and Responsibilities Conclusion Notes Index

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From cleaning to construction, from agriculture to domestic work, every day migrant labourers are exploited and enslaved. The author 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.

About the Author

Toby Shelley is a journalist with the Financial Times. His previous books for Zed include Nanotechnology (2006, 9781842776872), Oil (2005, 9781842775219) and Endgame in the Western Sahara (2004, 9781842773413). He is a member of the Council of Management of the development charity War on Want.


...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's impressive data and sustained argument make this book an important resource * Phil Marfleet, International Socialism *
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 *

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