The FBI estimates that well over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from 9 to 19, with the average age being 11.
Thousands of young American girls have been abducted or lured from their normal lives and made into sex slaves. While many Americans have heard of human trafficking in other parts of the world — Thailand, Cambodia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, for example — few people know it happens in the United States.
UNICEF estimates that 2 million children per year are exploited in prostitution or pornography.
As many as 300,000 American youth may be at risk of commercial sexual exploitation at any time. Especially vulnerable are the homeless and runaways…one third of runaway youths—girls and boys both—will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours on the streets.
The life expectancy of a sex slave is just seven years; number one cause of death, homicide, number two, AIDs.
Daughters is my continuing series based on the fact of human trafficking in America.
Eighteen-year-old Emma is the strong female lead in all books of the series.
Book 1 The Heartbreak of Human Trafficking (40,000 words)
(Emma is raped, abducted, placed in high end Las Vegas prostitution.)
Book 2 Emma Gets Payback (45,000 words)
(Emma has escaped, she and new best friend, Alexis, have spent six months living with her foster father and renewing themselves, then she goes to college to pursue child psychology and criminal justice so that she can help other girls, but even in the so-called safety of a college campus, her past comes back to haunt her.)
Book 3 The Lure of Pornography (58,000 words)
( 2nd year of college Emma goes undercover into the dark world of pornography, to help take down a site brutalizing underage girls.)
Book 4 The Little Girl From Down the Street (Look for it early-to-mid 2015)
Book 5 Sorority Animal House (Look for it mid-to-late 2015)
Description Book 1
Emotion of any kind in the house where eighteen-year-old Emma grew up was a rare thing. When she disappeared it took some time before her aunt actually realized she was missing. Then a month went by, quickly. A little late to call the police. Aunt Evelyn knew of only one person who would care, would do something about getting her back, would do anything for Emma:
Bailey Forbes. If Emma’s mother—Aunt Evelyn’s sister—hadn’t died, Bailey would have married her and adopted Emma.
Yes, that was the plan. Little sister was so in love with that man…but little sister did die, and that changed everything. Auntie Evelyn allowed Bailey and Emma to have continued contact for a while, but it couldn’t go on. There was no blood involved, and Evelyn had never bought into the idea that blood wasn’t necessary for true bonding. But eleven years had passed. Would Bailey even remember? Or care?
Excerpt from Chapter 4 “Voice of an Angel (Emma’s viewpoint)
That dream ended and Merle appeared again. He was smiling, at least his face was different, and his words, “That guy wants you to clean his house again.” That ‘guy,’ that guy’s name was Jackson, but Merle didn’t say it. He just handed her the address on a piece of dirty paper. Then her dream returned to that day. She remembered more. She remembered the face, the eyes, the eyes that held no emotions, no love, no nothing—
At last, someone calling her by her real name. Her dream switched back, way back, she was small and anticipating the new Walt Disney movie, but she couldn’t think of the name, but she was happy just thinking about it, knowing she would be happy for a little while watching it, but Aunt Evelyn said, “You can’t go.” Why? She wondered, but her aunt gave her no reason. She remembered being brokenhearted, and remembered other times when she wasn’t allowed to do something she really wanted to. But why? Why? WHY?
“Emma, wake up.”
She knew she was dreaming. She heard the voice and knew it was gentle and friendly, but even in her dream state she knew what awaited her when she awoke, so she didn’t want to wake up, and fought it.
“Emma, please wake up.”
A girl’s voice, young, like herself.
“Emma, you need to wake up, and eat something. You have to keep up your strength. They’ll keep hurting you no matter what, but they’ll hurt you worse if you don’t cooperate—Emma!”
Excerpt from Chapter 17 “Trudy is Your Date” (Bailey’s viewpoint)
“That’s her hooker name. The name ‘Emma’ was too…down home, I guess.” Heather glanced at him, “Yes, Bailey, she’s a hooker. I realize she’s only been gone a little over a month but that’s what she is now. A hooker. I keep using these words with you because I know you don’t like it. You want to believe that your little Emma is just like she was the last time you saw her, but she isn’t, Bailey. She might never again be as you want her to be. You have to get this accepted, so that when you do see her, you’ll be able to help her get past how she has been, and how she is.” The last Heather said with finality, and released a sigh, and lowered her head, slightly, “She might even like what she’s doing—some do, for a while, anyway—and if that’s the case…if she likes what she’s doing, she might even turn you in.”
He shook his head. Emma does not like what she’s doing. No way.
“And there’s the possibility she doesn’t remember you, Bailey…if she was only seven—“
5.0 of 5 stars Victoria Gallinger, March 20, 2013
“Horrible. Life altering. Heart breaking. Incredible read. Could not put this book down hoping for light at the end of the tunnel so to speak…”
Beginning Saturday, December 20, 2014 (meaning midnight, Friday) look for an Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal, running for 7 days and 2 price increments, first $0.99 for a few days, second $1.99 for another few days, finally back to the regular price of $2.99.
In the coming weeks look for the same Kindle Countdown Deal for the other books in the Daughters series.
Emma in the story did not run away, but she thought about it at times, so I think “Runaway” by Bon Jovi, is appropriate to end this post. (I really love Bon Jovi’s falsetto at the end.)