© Matthew Crampton 2016
‘A timely history of the tide of human cargo … if you get a chance to see the story-
Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music
‘Matthew Crampton has taken a fresh look at the worlds of slavery and emigration. He’s unearthed some fascinating stories and, crucially, added folk song to let us hear from those whose voices are usually silenced. Songs give such a distinct perspective on history -
‘A vital insight into history which resonates today … well worth seeking out.’
‘A dark and harrowing read. But … a vital one to help understand the timeless reasons people have been driven from their homes.’
‘Though frequently disturbing, Human Cargo makes for compulsive, if not compulsory, reading.’
‘I have never linked today’s news to the slave trade, the press gangs and forced emigration of the past. Matthew Crampton’s book makes that link.’
‘This little gem of a book … thoroughly recommended.’
‘A very fine book…’
An eight year old boy is kidnapped on the quayside in 18th century Aberdeen -
After the African slave trade was abolished, many slavers simply transferred their business model to the south western Pacific.
In 1904 a young Japanese woman called Minami Haru was trafficked to Singapore as a sex slave. In 1998 a young Albanian woman, Maria, was similarly trafficked into Italy. Their stories are similar.
During the American Civil War, the northern states sent recruiting agents to Ireland, offering free passage to a new life in the US -