"Looking for a dark mystery that showcases a strong female lead? Then look no further than Wendy Tyson. She’s the debut author who brought us Killer Image in October. The Seduction of Miriam Cross solidifies, in my opinion, that Tyson is a force to be reckoned with. She’s quickly becoming the queen of dark and imaginative mysteries. Tired of reading formulaic stories? Then Tyson is the gal for you!" (Read the review here.)
But Book-alicious Mama went a step further. As many of you know by now, THE SEDUCTION OF MIRIAM CROSS touches on human trafficking, a horrible and widespread issue both abroad and in the US. Jennifer, the brains behind Book-alicious Mama, took the time to research some statistics about the prevalence of human trafficking and added them to her blog. (Read them here.) But she didn't stop there. One of the reasons so many of us have a hard time hearing about human trafficking is that we feel helpless to do anything about the problem. But in today's review, Jennifer also added a video about the charity Wellspring Living. Organizations like Wellspring Living, Free the Slaves, Polaris Project, Shared Hope International and International Justice Mission and others are doing something about human trafficking. And we can help them. Whether it's understanding the signs of victimization, avoiding the purchase of certain goods, giving needed money and supplies to reputable organizations or simply increasing awareness, we can all have a role in ending human slavery. Because that's exactly what it is: slavery.
According to International Justice Mission (emphasis added), "Trafficking in humans generates profits in excess of 32 billion dollars a year for those who, by force and deception, sell human lives into slavery and sexual bondage. Nearly 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex industry."
But human trafficking is not just about the sex trade. It can include forced labor, including domestic labor, farm labor and even factory or small-shop labor. For an overview of the issue, see this article posted by Polaris Project.
January has been designated Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In honor of the victims of human trafficking, I challenge each of you to think about ways you can help bring an end to human trafficking. Click on the organization links, above, for ideas. For my part, I pledge that 50% of my net royalties earned between now and January 31 from the sales of THE SEDUCTION OF MIRIAM CROSS will be donated to organizations that fight to end human slavery or help the victims of trafficking.
Together, we can make a difference.