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    “White Cargo” tells of forgotten slave trade involving Irish

    By Noreen Bowden | April 17, 2008

    The little-known story of the white slave trade from Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries has been told in a new book. White Cargo by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh has been published by Mainstream Publishing. It tells how British authorities rounded up the impoverished and the criminal and sent them to colonies in the Americas. The Irish were included in the transportations, which involved thousands.

    Many children were sent over, and the overwhelming majority died. Many died of disease, while others were cruelly beaten to death for discipline infractions.

    Pat Kenny spoke with one of the authors on today’s programme.

    See “White Cargo” on the website.

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