E Benjamin Skinner: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

E Benjamin Skinner

Co-founder of TAU Investment Management, author of "A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-face with Modern-day Slavery"

The first person in history to witness negotiations for the sale of human beings on four continents, E. Benjamin Skinner is single handedly raising awareness of modern day slavery. In his shocking and brutally honest book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern Day Slavery, Skinner tells the story of individuals who live in slavery, those who have escaped from bondage, those who own or traffic in slaves, and the mixed political motives of those who seek to combat the crime. Elie Weisel has praised the book as a “Powerful indictment of contemporary slavery (which) must arouse outrage for perpetrators and compassion for their victims."

The basis for a Nightline special report and the inspiration for an episode of Law and Order, Skinner’s A Crime So Monstrous takes readers to the outer edges of civilization, revealing the true faces of slavery today. Skinner went undercover at great personal risk, infiltrating trafficking networks and slave sales on five continents, exposing a modern flesh trade. From mega-harems in Dubai to illicit brothels in Bucharest, from slave quarries in India to child markets in Haiti, he explores the underside of a world we scarcely recognize as our own and lays bare a parallel universe where human beings are bought, sold, used, and discarded. He travels from the White House to war zones and immerses us in the political and flesh-and-blood battles on the front lines of the unheralded new abolitionist movement. The book was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, a citation from the Overseas Press Club in its book category for 2008, and a finalist for The Ryszard Kapuscinski International Award for literary reportage in 2011. Also in 2011, the World Economic Forum recognized Skinner as a Young Global Leader.

In 2003, as a writer on assignment in the frontlines of the north-south Sudanese civil war for Newsweek International, Skinner met his first survivor of slavery, Muong Nyong. Like Skinner, Nyong was 27 at the time, and pondering what to do with the rest of his life. Unlike Skinner, he had spent the first part of that life in bondage. After meeting Nyong, Skinner traveled the globe to find others like him. Though there are more slaves today than ever before, finding them would prove the most daunting challenge of Skinner’s professional life.

Skinner is co-founder and currently serves as senior vice president of TAU, an investment management firm that generates returns by transforming the social, environmental, and operational profiles of its portfolio companies.

Named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Skinner is a graduate of Wesleyan University. Recently he was a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute at Brandeis University. He was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, served as a Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. As a writer engaged in the study of the U.S. and global political economies, his 50+ chapters, monographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy and others. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

Skinner is donating 25 percent of A Crime So Monstrous' royalties to groups dedicated to fighting slavery. He lives in New York City.

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