Human Trafficking

December 11, 2014

It’s early December and I’m sitting in my favorite coffee shop surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Holiday season—frosting on the windows, light strings and ball ornaments hanging from the ceiling, bows adorning the booths, and Frank Sinatra crooning from the speakers, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . .” I agree with him. I love Christmas—not the hyper-commercialized frenzy, but the short span of time when the pace of life seems to slow, when families come together to celebrate despite their differences, when the spirit of self-interest that drives so much of our culture gives way, however […] Read More

January 24, 20133 Comments

People often express disbelief when I tell them that sex trafficking is everywhere, in our cities and communities and every corner of the globe. “How is that possible?” they ask. My explanation is simple: follow the money. While many factors have contributed to the spread of sexual slavery in our world (poverty, globalization, misogynistic cultural practices, the Internet, etc.), the traffickers are motivated by profit, and their profits ($30 to 40 billion annually) come from one source–the johns.

When I began researching A Walk Across the Sun, I had many misconceptions about buyers of sex. I figured they were mostly […] Read More

January 14, 20131 Comment

In my last post, I answered the most common question I receive from readers and audiences: Now that I understand the reality of human trafficking, what can I do to stop it? My wife and I asked ourselves this question after we confronted the horror of modern slavery for the first time. Our search for an answer turned into a journey that became a novel–A Walk Across the Sun

I didn’t spend long in the research, however, before I stumbled upon a question far more profound than the moral imperative of action. As I dug into the vast and violent […] Read More

January 11, 20133 Comments

Whenever I give a talk about A Walk Across the Sun and modern slavery, I get this response: I’m appalled by the horror of it and would like to help, but what can I possibly do to make a difference? This is the most important question we can ask–indeed, the only morally imperative question. The good news is that all of us can make a contribution to the abolitionist cause.

Here are seven ways you can help:

1) Educate Your Daughters: The average age of entry into prostitution in the U.S. is 13-15. Recruiters (usually men between the […] Read More