human trafficking, advocacy, Jessica Kristie

#FWF Free Write Friday; Special Edition with Jessica Kristie – Human Trafficking

free write fridayauthor jessica kristiePlease welcome Jessica Kristie to this special edition of FWF. Jessica is an award winning author, an advocate for art, and an activist against human trafficking. Barbed-Wire Butterflies, her first novel, released January 2013, is a fiction account of a young girl faced with the atrocities of human trafficking and her struggle to find freedom. Jessica has committed 100% of all print royalties and a percentage of digital copies and merchandise to Courage Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that is building homes around the world for children rescued out of sex trafficking.

The floor is yours, Jessica…

What if I told you that today there is a worldwide epidemic of slavery? Some of you may know that already. Some of you may feel confused and think back to 1863 when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. What was not told since that signing is that slavery was never eradicated. In fact, there are more slaves today than there ever were in civil war times. There is an estimated 30 million slaves today worldwide. They work in factory’s, coal mines, rock queries, private homes, and on the streets. They are forced into the sex trade and made to work in brothels and sold on the internet. There are 161 countries that have been identified as effected by human trafficking, including the US.

These overpowering statistics were enough to change me. Something so widely spread and often swept under the rug, needed a movement and a big one. My book came about at a time when I saw that movement growing. The opportunities for me to contribute and make change are continuing to expand every day. Barbed-Wire Butterflies is a great tool that I intend to use to educate and inspire others to also join in the movement. And what exactly is that movement?

human trafficking, advocacy, Jessica Kristie

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Barbed Wire Butterflies by Jessica Kristie

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Take some time to learn about human trafficking. What it means and what you can do. It isn’t just about donating money, but time and resources. It’s about educating your loved ones, looking for warning signs, and giving tools for prevention. There is something everyone can do, find what contribution works best for you.

Elani Benjamin had never imagined the level of fear and uncertainty that was now a demoralizing part of her everyday life. With freedom ripped from her world, Elani must stand alongside the hundreds of other women forced into slave labor by the mysterious organization that runs The Hub. At only thirteen years of age, she must decide if she will give in to the daily atrocities surrounding her or keep fighting her courageous, emotional battle for freedom. Malnutrition, intimidation, and abuse force them all into an isolated depression that guarantees compliance. On the edge of surrender, Elani finds an ally in Eddie, a repentant long-term employee of The Hub who gives her the resolution to find a way out of her imprisonment and the hope of reclaiming her stolen freedom.

100% of all print royalties and a percentage of digital copies go to Courage Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that is building homes around the world for children rescued out of sex trafficking.

 Here is your Free Write Friday Prompt…

What Does Freedom mean to you?

“My movements, destination, thoughts and choices are all my own. I am not caged or left voiceless… that is my freedom.” – Jessica Kristie

 Discuss: What is your freedom and how can you help give it back to those that it has been stolen from?

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is among the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. It is estimated that 600,000 – 800,000 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked across borders worldwide every year.

Human trafficking happens in nearly every corner of the world.

How do people become victims? Victims of trafficking are typically tricked or forced into sexual or labor exploitation. Desperately seeking an escape from a life of poverty, they are lured by the promise of high paying jobs and safe entry into a foreign country. Upon reaching their destination, they are forced to work in slave-like conditions in prostitution or other forms of involuntary labor.

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25 comments

  1. Great prompt and topic this week. My schedule seems to make it hard to get this done on Friday or Saturday, so am often running late but here it is > http://wp.me/p2FEx8-dl Praying for more attention to this cause. Hope to help in some small way. God bless both of you Kellie and Jessica!

  2. Thanks Kellie and Jessica for bringing this tremendously important and heartbreaking subject to the forefront. Only by knowing the facts can people be part of the change.
    As you say, it is not always about money, although obviously that helps but so does spreading the news by way of social media and conversation.

    Here is my post. It hurt. http://inspirationimport.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/human-trafficking-fwf/

  3. Jessica, you have indeed taken on a worthy and tragic cause. Kellie, thank you for allowing her this space. My post is not exactly to the prompt in the sense that it was not written today, but it is recent and was predominately a free write. The original intent of the piece was more political in nature, but it struck a cord with some on a more individual basis, so perhaps it is appropriate. My main thoughts on Freedom (and the point of the poem) is this: it cannot be taken for granted and must be fought for at every opportunity.

    http://wp.me/p1ZKiY-2HK

  4. I agree this is unfortunately a very serious issue, I’m glad attentention can be brought to bear on it. I’ll pass on adding a post as mine are normally fiction or prose and I’ll let those with a serious vein take it from here.

    1. Gray, thank you for sharing Jessica’s cause. :) You know, you can always write for this using simply the word ‘slavery’ as your prompt. I’d hate to miss a read from you.
      Something to consider :)

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