About the book:
There is hope, even on the darkest of days
Katariina Rosenblatt was a lonely and abused young girl, yearning to be loved, wanting attention. That made her the perfect target. On an ordinary day, she met a confident young woman--someone Kat wished she could be like--who pretended to be a friend while slowly luring her into a child trafficking ring. A cycle of false friendships, threats, drugs, and violence kept her trapped.
As Kat shares her harrowing experiences, her ultimate escape, and her passionate efforts to now free other victims, you'll see that not only is sex trafficking happening frighteningly close to home--it's also something that can be stopped. Stolen is a warning, a celebration of survival, and a beacon of hope that will inspire you.
This was a heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful story that opened my eyes even more to the threat of sex trafficking wherever we may live. I know some about this topic, but Rosenblatt shared even more I wasn't aware of. I always thought of sex trafficking as a girl being kidnapped against her will, but she showed how teenagers and even children are tricked into believing someone cares about them and gains their trust. They may still live at home; the parent just isn't aware of what they're doing or what's being done to them when they're not there. At least one-third of sex slaves are boys, which surprised me. A lot of these kids also don't even realize they're being trafficked. They believe the people really care about them and usually drug them, also. So many of these kids have already been exposed to sexual abuse, violence, drugs or alcohol in the home and feel that their parents don't care about them. They are desperate for love and predators seem to sense that.
I was frustrated so many times while reading her story at her naivete, that she would trust and believe these strangers, but she was only thirteen when she was first trafficked. She wanted love so badly and had a skewed sense of what that was from her own upbringing. It was so cool how her attendance at a Billy Graham crusade as a child and the statement he made about God never leaving or forsaking her stayed with her through everything. God truly worked some miracles in her life in different situations she was in. It was very inspiring to see how she rose above what was done to her to break the cycle of abuse and use what was intended for evil for a good purpose instead, trying to save other children and women through sharing her own story of survival with them. I liked the chapter where she shared stories of girls she's helped and who are now helping others leave the life. She also gives steps you can take if your church wants to start a ministry to these victims. I highly recommend this book to adults and teens; it's not only interesting but will open your eyes to the dangers out there and what can be done about it.
I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 888-373-7888.
If you want to help fight trafficking , her organization is There Is H.O.P.E. For Me, Inc and their website is thereishopeforme.org. They offer free resources on their site, such as a human trafficking assessment tool to help identify victims of trafficking.
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