Smuggling of Chinese Indentured Laborers Scrutinized in Xlibris Book
Human trafficking is one of the most alarming and invisible crimes today and one can only hope that this modern day slavery will cease to terrorize susceptible Chinese victims.
Socioeconomic, cultural and political elements that contributed to this ghastly occurrence are comprehensively studied in The Coolie Trade: The Traffic in Chinese Laborers to Latin America 1847-1874. Apart from these, details of the early beginnings of the trade, crafty recruitment schemes of smugglers and horrifying events during the voyages from China into The New World, are provided in this Xlibris release.
Meagher delves into the incomprehensible logic behind the Chinese that impels them to trade in their own family members for an attractive fee provided by farm owners in South America and the Caribbean Islands.
Oblivious to their impending doom, Meagher stresses out that victims not only had to stomach extremely inadequate wages and appalling living conditions, but also had to suffer maltreatments like sexual abuse and flogging, from their employers.
Packed complete with reports and various illustrations of the unfortunate phenomenon and even labor contracts of the ill-fated laborers, this self-published book intensely brings to center stage human exploitation in one of its merciless forms.
The Coolie Trade guarantees to be an informative and judicious must-read for historians and academic scholars alike. It does not take much to be captivated by Meagher's thorough survey of man's ability to embrace evil and lose what humanity he has left, at the cost of a little profit.
About the Author
An Ireland native, Arnold J. Meagher holds a doctorate degree in Latin American History from the University of Columbia. Prior to working in communications and proposal writing in the business world, he was a history professor at the University of Houston. He currently resides in Eufaula, Alabama, with his wife.