Monday, April 22, 2013

Rescuing Hope: A Story of Sex Trafficking in America

As I sit here quiet and alone in my hotel room on yet another work trip, I am reminded of what is happening all across America (and the world, for that matter) in hotel rooms of people on business trips, sporting event trips, or just pleasure trips.

I was forced to face the reality of what is happening literally under our noses here in our very own homeland of America to our sweet, innocent, young girls when I read Rescuing Hope by Susan Norris.

Though this is a fiction story, it is woven from true details of America's sex trafficking underworld. Norris did not set out to write a novel. She merely began to discover unexpectedly how prevalent the modern-day slave industry of sex trafficking has become in our very own hometowns.Upon the shocking, sickening realization that girls as young as nine years old are being tricked into this prison of life, Norris felt the earnest need to learn and share as much as she could about this secretive world that thrives all around us. In doing this, she ultimately wove a compelling fiction novel from multiple threads of truth including survivors of human sex trafficking, detectives who have worked countless cases in order to rescue and bring justice, as well as even the input of a former pimp.

Thankfully this horrific hell on earth is more and more in the spotlight these days than it once was, however, so much still remains to be done in this battle. This industry MUST be shut down! If you don't understand why I feel so strongly about this, read Rescuing Hope and then you will.

I would like to close my review of this excellent work with a portion of Norris's Acknowledgement / Introduction section in her own words:
To my readers, thank you for taking the time to read about a difficult subject, when it would be easy to turn away. I pray Rescuing Hope stirs something inside you to propel you into action. Find your place in the fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children. There's room for everyone in this battle. We need your voice, your gifts, your talents. What part will you play in becoming a voice for hope?
You may choose to look the other way,
but you can never say again that you did not know.
~ William Wilberforce ~
(as quoted in Rescuing Hope by Susan Norris

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Glass Road PR. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.

3 comments:

Susan Norris said...

Haelie,
Thank you so much for sharing your platform with Hope today. I appreciate your challenge to your readers to step into the fight. We need everyone to step up, to speak out and to raise their voice for hope today.
If you or your readers have any questions about this issue or the book, please feel free to email me at Susan@susannorris.org.
Blessings,
Susan

Haelie said...

Thank you, Susan! I am honored that you stopped by here and said hello. I pray your voice resonates throughout the country and world in this battle. I stand with you!

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