Tag Archives: traffickers

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human Trafficking Awareness Month January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and after the hoopla of all of the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kawnaza, Black Friday and New Years) the last thing anyone wants to hear is another “special” time.  But, this is one that needs a pause in the the rush of our mindless day-to-day. Trafficking in […]

Readers Know Best

You release your hand-fed, carefully crafted book out into the wilds and you’re bound to get feedback.  Reviews, critiques and comments from readers come in different flavors – Loved it, Hated it, or the worst feedback of all, the sound of crickets. By the time your book hits the streets, at least a dozen sets […]

Human Trafficking – Progress or Pitfall

Human Trafficking Rampant in the Caribbean The small geographic region in the tropics boasts some of the most beautiful beaches, sunsets and resilient people on Earth.  It’s also home to six nations on the  U.S. State Department’s Tier 2 Watch List of nations failing to make significant efforts to curb  human trafficking (Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, […]

Sneak Peek

This week, I’ve been hip-deep in revisions and rewrites for a new novel.  Like Little River, this new work also deals with trafficking, but this time, the trafficking takes a different form – the black market in human organs. I think we’ve all heard the urban legends of unsuspecting victims regaining consciousness in an ice-filled […]

Human Trafficking is a Third World Problem, Right?

Law enforcement struck a heavy blow against human trafficking organizations in the last month, with major arrests in Thailand and Spain. Police raided a prison island off the coast of Thailand where hundreds of Burmese refugees were held for ransom, or auction. The European arrests netted 75 criminals in a Chinese-based trafficking ring. But, what […]

Will New Human Trafficking Laws Make A Difference?

When I wrote Little River, my human trafficking thriller, I was struck by how the Jamaican government responded to the issue of human trafficking on their island nation.  Silence. With the disappearance of Natalee Holloway from Aruba, in May 2005,  media accounts of the search, reports of the girl’s last known location and focus on […]

Human Trafficking – It’s Not Only About Sex

The topic of human trafficking brings a certain set of preconceived ideas and images to mind.  Popular media expresses trafficking as something they can market – and sex sells.  Here in California, a recent voter initiative on the ballot passed after a frenzied campaign of television commercials promising tough anti-trafficking laws.  All the new statutes […]

Human Trafficking – The 32 Billion Dollar Industry

Let me start out by stating that I’m not a social worker, reformer, or activist.  I’m simply an observer – a writer.  As I develop a novel and the plot lines within, I pull together source information and research the subject area to provide the reader with a realistic story line.  In the process of […]