Yvette Christiansë was born in South Africa under apartheid and emigrated
with her family via Swaziland to Australia at the age of eighteen. She now
teaches African American literature and post colonial studies at Fordham
University. Unconfessed is her first novel, following a collection of
poetry, Castaway, published in 1999.
Modern Day Slavery - did you know?
According to the US State Department, slavery is now the third largest type of illegal trade in the world (after drugs and weapons); every year between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across national borders with about 17,500 entering the USA. Many advocacy sources put the figures much higher, for example some say that about 1 million children in Asia alone are victims of the sex trade. In June 2006, British authorities announced that slave auctions were being held at British airports with brothel keepers bidding on women arriving under duress from Eastern Europe.