Human Trafficking in Books

This month's post, we celebrate a nonprofit called The Bridge International located in Durham, NC. The mission of empowering survivors of human trafficking by addressing the gaps that exist in available services—continuing with the task to bridge those gaps to reach underserved communities and spread community awareness on the issue of human trafficking. Continuing with my passion for books continues to inspire me to fight human trafficking and recognize the signs, forms, and ways to empower the survivors.

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir - Rachel Lloyd (Sex Trafficking)

A story from a survivor of sex trafficking, saved by the local church community from years of being corrected by her pimp. Rachel's resiliency and passion for saving others found G.E.M.S located in New York.

Sold - Patricia McCormick - a 13-year-old girl from Nepal whose family is struggling financially. Lakshmi attempts to seek more money for her family and soon becomes coerced into sex trafficking in India.

Pimpology - Pimpin Ken - I will quote the first line in this book...If you plan to support it, please find it at a used bookstore. Rumors have shown that this book is often found within a Pimps possession. "There are two categories of people: pimps and hoes. You either give orders, or you take them. You are either the kind of person who will have people working for you, bringing you the money…" Basically, this book teaches you how to control others, how to exert power over another vulnerable individual…Hope this sums it up.

Half the Sky: Kristoff and WuDunn- Oppression of women across the world plagued by human rights that are violated, including trafficking, rape, finical instability, and gender roles. This book encourages the support of women to become entrepreneurs and equally educated as male counterparts to end disruptive cycles of abuse and encourages Human Rights for all regardless of gender.

A Long Way Gone: Ishmael Beah: War in Sierra Leone, as a child soldier Beah fled his home due to attacking rebels later picked up by the government and forced as a child soldier, often under the influence of drugs. Beah provides a first-hand account of his life fleeing from the Civil War in Sierra Leone, along with the abuse, neglect witnessed and experienced.

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools - Monique Morrise, This book explores the intersectionality between race, education and perceptions of young black girls in the school setting. Diamond's story is breathtaking and eye opening for the common signs missed from adults and peers

The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine - Somaly Mann, Sold into sex trafficking by her grandfather when she was 12 years old; for ten years, she was sold throughout brothels, surviving rape, torture, and deprivation. Somaly explains the reasoning behind her activism. This book will RENEW you! This is the book that started it all for me! :)

As you read throughout these books, you will see familiar signs of human trafficking; awareness is the first step, and Advocating is the next. I must say, though much of these books are centered around sex trafficking, that is not the only form. Polaris Project provided the following fact "Worldwide, experts believe there are more situations of labor trafficking than of sex trafficking, but there is a much wider awareness of sex trafficking in the U.S. than of labor trafficking." Please find below a link to support The Bridge International as they celebrate their one year anniversary this month.

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