Groundbreaking Research on Modern Slavery,
Personal Story of Transformation
SPOKANE, Wash. – Siddharth Kara, author of “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery,” will share his eye-opening research on modern slavery, including documentation of 1,300 cases in 30 countries, when he delivers Gonzaga University’s Presidential Speaker Series lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 1 in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Tickets will be available starting Feb. 26 at prices ranging from $7-$15 through TicketsWest.
Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh invites the Gonzaga community and the public to be inspired by Kara, who advises the United Nations, the United States and governments worldwide on anti-trafficking policy and law.
“Mr. Kara pulls back the drape that covers the misery and horror experienced by millions on the earth, highlighting real problems associated with how goods and services are produced and consumed,” said President McCulloh. “Globalization and technology have had a dramatic impact on the phenomena of human trafficking. Mr. Kara works to help us see and understand those living at the margins, and demonstrates how we can begin to tackle even entrenched, complex problems through research and engagement.”
Kara’s book was the co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction title on slavery. Being developed as a feature film, it’s the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the respected prize. “Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia” (2012), Kara’s second book, offers the first comprehensive focus on the deeply entrenched and wholly unjust system of debt bondage in South Asia. Based on 11 years of research in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, Kara delves into an ancient and evolving form of slavery that ensnares roughly six out of every 10 slaves in the world and generates profits that topped $17.6 billion in 2011.
Most recently, his report “Tainted Carpets: Slavery and Child Labor in India’s Hand-Made Carpet Sector,” is the subject of a Feb. 5 article in Forbes Magazine.
Previously, Kara (pronounced kaw-ruh) worked as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch in New York, and ran his own finance and consulting firm for several years before studying sex trafficking, which he had first encountered in a 1995 visit to a Bosnian refugee camp. Beginning in 2000, Kara’s global journey included witnessing firsthand the sale of humans into slavery, and confronting some of those who trafficked and exploited them.
“Mr. Kara’s personal story – how and why he personally decided to focus on the phenomenon of modern human slavery – is a major reason I think his visit to Spokane will be inspiring for Gonzaga students, and for adults throughout the region,” President McCulloh said.
Kara holds a law degree from BBP Law School of London, an MBA from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. He is the director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is an adjunct lecturer, teaching the only course on human trafficking at the School. In addition, Kara is a visiting scientist on forced labor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is a regular contributor to the CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery. His ongoing research into slavery around the world has been covered by media worldwide.
For more information about this Gonzaga University Presidential Speaker event, visit www.gonzaga.edu/kara, or contact Angela Ruff at (509) 313-3572 or via email. Media please contact Mary Joan Hahn at (509) 313-6095 or via email.