Rescuing Hope: A Story of Sex Trafficking in America

Every two minutes, evil strips innocence from a child and sells her into slavery for sex. Not in a third-world country, but in the United States of America. Before you take another breath, the next victim will be tricked or taken from her family by a profit-hungry criminal. She could be a neighbor. A friend. Your sister. Your daughter. You. At fourteen, Hope Ellis is the all-American girl with a good life until the day she tries to help her mom with their cross-town move by supervising the movers. When they finish, one of the men returns to the house and rapes her. Held silent by his threats, darkness begins to engulf her. But the rape proves to be the least of Hope’s troubles. In a gasping attempt at normalcy, she succumbs to the attention of a smooth-talking man on the subway. He promises acceptance. He declares his love. He lures her out from under the shelter of her suburban life. Hope’s disappearance sets a community in motion. She’s one of their own. They determine to find Hope, whatever the cost, before she s lost forever. Will you?

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You crafted an incredible story. I felt like I knew Hope personally. It was tragic like watching a train wreck and yet the theme of hope and restoration kept me encouraged as I read. The way you handled the “adult content” makes me comfortable sharing the story with my 15-year-old daughter and using it as education for us both.”
Beth Weikel, American mom living in Asia