Human Trafficking: Why I Wrote Saving Hope

» Posted on Mar 24, 2012 in Blog | 8 comments

It is estimated that 293,000 American youths are at risk of becoming involved in sex trafficking. We aren’t talking about just 16-18 year olds but younger children, too. The average age is 12-13 years old.

The FBI says this problem is growing in the United States with pimps on social media sites to lure more youths. Most of these teens are runaways or throwaway kids, often children that have been abused or kicked out of their families. Some teens are targeted and kidnapped or their parents sell them to a trafficker. Anyway you look at it, these youths are trapped in a horrific situation with little means of getting out. They become victimized, not just girls but boys, too.

1. We need to recognized the problem.

Human trafficking exist in the United States, not just other parts of the world.

2. We need to see these youths as victims.

These are not criminals to be prosecuted and pass laws to protect our children against this situation and predators.

3. We need to train law enforcement to deal with these youths as victims.

We must give law enforcement the tools and resources to identify the children victimized and ways to connect them to a place that will help them. 

4. We need places to give these youths a refuge and a second chance.

We need safe havens–places like Children of the Night have (http://www.childrenof the night.org).

Organizations are beginning to see we need to do something. The Salvation Army is heavily involved in educating the public about the problem. There are organizations that are set up to offer help to children involved in child trafficking–ECPAT and Children of the Night. Also many churches are getting involved. If you suspect a child or situation, please report it to the Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (open 24/7) at the toll free number 1-888-373-7888.

 

The above are the reasons I wrote Saving Hope. I taught high school students for twenty-seven years. I never wanted them to become a victim of a human trafficker. I wanted to do something about the problem, to warn them of what can happen if they aren’t careful, but at the same time give the reader an entertaining story that they will remember after they finish the book. I hope people become involved in Kate, Wyatt and Rose’s stories.

Blurb for Saving Hope:

When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt’s daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.

Now it’s personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.

*You can read an excerpt here: http://margaretdaley.com/2012/02/saving-hope-excerpt/

*Amazon: Saving Hope: Men of the Texas Rangers Book 1

8 Comments

  1. Margaret,

    Two of the three stories I’ve written deal with human trafficking. I have two more in the works. Of course, mine are all set in historical times but my hope is to bring awareness to this tragic problem.

    I’m thrilled to see artists like Natalie Grant and Ashley Judd getting involved with various organizations to make people aware of this problem.

    I’ll definitely check out Saving Hope.

    Christina

  2. Christina, I’m glad to see others getting involved. That’s what will make a difference.

  3. God bless you for raising awareness of this Modern Tragedy.

  4. Thanks, PJ. I agree with you.

  5. The statistics are horrifying. I was aware of it being a worldwide problem, but you do hate to think of it happening close to home as well.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  6. thank you for writing about this subject, margaret

  7. Karen and Mary, thank you for stopping by.

  8. Margaret, thank you for bring up this incredibly important but usually ignored topic.

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