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1st Edition

Slavery and Liberation in Hotels, Restaurants and Bars

Edited By

Conrad Lashley

ISBN 9780367558482
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
208 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first book to explore workforce slavery and liberation together within commercial hotel, restaurant and bar activities, the hospitality industry being particularly vulnerable to potential illegal action and reputational damage via involuntary involvement in human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Slavery is the most oppressive form of labour exploitation and is illegal in Western Europe and most of the industrialised world. On the other hand, ‘neo-slavery’ oppresses the powerless through low pay and employment practices that predominantly serve the interests of the employer. This book explores the most exploitative forms of slavery, 'neo-slavery' and human trafficking in the hotel industry, and offers insights into empowerment through liberative trade unions and worker co-operatives. The study’s multifaceted cross-cultural approach includes in-depth chapters on Brazil and the Netherlands as well as a multitude of examples from the UK, exposing the topic as an international problem.

Written by international specialists, this significant book will appeal widely to upper-level students and researchers in hospitality, and specifically, to all those interested in human resource management in the hospitality and hotel industry, as well as human rights issues and business ethics.

Table of Contents


How would I feel? Slavery, neo-slavery, ethics and oppression

Conrad Lashley


Slavery ancient and modern: global and national insights

Conrad Lashley


Slavery in Brazil: revelations from a destination

Roseane Barcellos Marques and Conrad Lashley


When is a guest not a guest? Human trafficking in hotels in the Netherlands

Erwin van der Graff and Conrad Lashley


Human trafficking and modern slavery in Europe’s hotels

Alexandros Paraskeva


Neoliberalism: the empire strikes back

Conrad Lashley


Neo-Slavery: and the weakest will suffer what they must!

Conrad Lashley


Empowerment: engaging workforce enthusiasm?

Conrad Lashley


Trade union membership: the resistance power of the collective

Conrad Lashley


Worker co-operatives: justice and liberation

Conrad Lashley


The way things are, or are they?

Conrad Lashley

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Conrad Lashley is Professor Emeritus in Hospitality Studies as well as Editor Emeritus of Hospitality & Society and Senior Editor of Research in Hospitality Management.