(Includes mentions of upcoming Books 4 & 5)
Look for a sales announcement at the end of this post
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.
Look for a sad but very beautiful song at the end of this post about Human Trafficking “Beautiful Slave,” by Take No Glory
Daughters Book 3, The Lure of Pornography (58,000 words) (multiple viewpoint)
Emma, in her second year of college (studying psychology & criminal justice) goes undercover into the dark world of pornography.
Yes, it’s legal, but an online writer has stumbled onto a website showing brutal training methods and has posted a description for the whole world to see. It’s pretty clear he thinks the girls in the short clips are underage, which would make this particular site illegal.
One of Emma’s college mentors has seen the blog post, knows her plans, and contacts her. She reads the post, decides to find the location of the porn studio, and—one way or another—help take it down. She had planned to attend classes year-round and graduate early, but this is more important. She knows it could be dangerous, but helping young girls in trouble has become her life goal.
Emma has the main POV, but Book 3 also requires a viewpoint from 15-year-old Raelynn, one of the girls lured, and 19-year-old Jayden, the boy who does the luring.
Excerpt from Chapter 3 “Her Assignment” (Emma has the viewpoint)
Royce is her mentor and her boss at the university library where she works.
Royce reached over and clicked the screen to something benign, “There you have it, Emma. Your…job—if you choose to take it on—is to find this blogger and the two of you—if he’s willing—track down the physical location of where they train those girls—“
“‘Train?’” she exclaimed, again unable to accept, right then, that what she had just read could even be true.
“I’m sorry, I should have said where they brutalize those girls.”
“It’s okay, Royce, I know what you meant…I guess.”
“He, this blogger, sounds pretty sure those girls are mostly underage, and with the number of fourteen to sixteen-year-olds disappearing constantly, he’s probably correct. And, to me, he sounds like he wants to do something about it too…but doesn’t know how. That’s where you come in…or could come in.”
Stunned, she just sat looking at the frozen screen. She had experienced much of what the blogger described during her own short stay in the world of high-end prostitution, but she had never allowed herself to believe how prevalent it was. I’ve been learning about the dark side of the social world for almost two years in college, but still I’ve been dreaming, not fully aware of what’s really going on—
“So, what do you say, Emma?”
“I…I have to think about it, Royce.”
“Of course—oh! And you have nearly two years of advanced computer training. I’ve already spoken to your professor. She thinks you could learn to hack pretty quickly.”
She felt her eyes scowl slightly at mention of the word ‘hack,’ then, “Hack?”
“Yes, ‘hack.’ To do a good job in the field where you are going, you will need to become a computer expert.”
She realized she hadn’t allowed herself to think that far ahead, and might just draw the line on ‘hacking,’ “You said, ‘that’s where I come in,’ what did you mean, exactly?”
“You are young, Emma, and you look much younger than you are….” He hesitated.
“You’re small, and slim, and innocent-looking…you are how that guy described the girls in the clips: vulnerable and breakable. In the right setting, out there…well…I’m sorry to be so blunt, Emma, but you are what those monsters want.”
Excerpt from Chapter 12 “Raelynn & Maggie Meet”
Fifteen-year-old Raelynn has the viewpoint. She has just skipped school and will soon taste her first nonalcoholic beer.
Fifteen-year-old Maggie has also skipped school, but her plans go a little further.
“Wow, thank you.” Maggie poured her pop and took a quick drink.
“So, are you skipping school too?” Raelynn asked.
“I dunno, is that what you’re doing?”
“Yeah, kind of, I guess.” Raelynn poured her new pop and took a drink, “I’ve almost gone home a couple times, but, well, what the heck? I’m here now. I’m in trouble no matter what, so what about you?”
“Actually, I’m….” Maggie stopped, then took another drink, “I think I’m going to just leave. I don’t have any good friends, the boys in school are all pricks, and my parents—that is, my mother and her boyfriend—shit, they never talk to me…unless I’m in trouble about something.”
Raelynn reached and put her hand on Maggie’s arm, “I’m sorry. What about your little brother?”
Maggie half laughed, “I don’t have one—I don’t have anybody!”
Raelynn withdrew her hand. Maggie’s life sounded too much like her own. But worse.
Her burger arrived, “Here you are, kid,” the owner said, “Anything else for your friend?”
Maggie looked up, “No thank you, sir.” Her eyes were big…and empty-looking.
Raelynn tore into her burger, and set the plate of fries between them, “Have some, Maggie, if you want.” Then she called to the bar owner and said between chews, “Oh, this burger is delicious, sir!”
Maggie continued just sipping on her drink, and occasionally took a fry, “I’m going to leave, Raelynn….” She looked up, “Want to come with me?”
Excerpt from Chapter 20 “A Little Conscience”
Nineteen-year-old Jayden has the viewpoint. He’s the “cool” boy, and feeling a little different about things…but the deed is done.
Even though famished, Jayden didn’t stop in Portland for breakfast. He wanted to get as far away from the big city as possible, and as quickly as possible. Both girls just had to look at him—twice! Once when he was still by the car, and then again as they were being led away. Lucky he had gotten the message about stopping at that house. Those two still didn’t tell him much and he didn’t ask. He suspected they just wanted to check him out—and his girls—to be sure he was legit, and not a cop, or something, so mostly they just talked about guy things and smoked pot and drank beer. True, he still didn’t know what was going to happen to his girls, not exactly for absolutely certain-sure anyway.
Yeah, right, his girls.
And he didn’t care! They all dressed like little hookers so they deserved to have to pay up! He guessed Raelynn was dressed all right. After all, she had been heading for school, and then had just changed her mind, but Maggie, well, Maggie was dressed all right too—but under that sweater there wasn’t much top he was pretty sure—she probably was nearly bare! Bitch! That’s why she wore the sweater, to cover herself, until she was ready to make her move…whatever that would have been. Well, he suspected she would soon be uncovered all the way, and she deserved it!
He just didn’t care; he got paid well for his trouble and he just did not care!
If he could change anything he would place the shallow cheerleaders and prom queens in that place rather than nice girls like Raelynn and Maggie, especially Raelynn—
He hit the steering wheel, Fuck it! I just don’t care!
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.
Book 1, The Heartbreak of Human Trafficking
(Emma is raped, abducted, placed in high end Las Vegas prostitution.)
Book 2, Emma Gets Payback
(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
( 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)
Beginning Saturday, January 3, 2015 (meaning midnight, Friday) look for a free Amazon download of “Daughters” Book 3 The Lure of Pornography.
Next week look for excerpts from Books 4 & 5, both due to release in 2015.
A sad song, “Beautiful Slave” by “Take No Glory.”