Priceless: A Novel at the End of the World by Tom Davis brings the reader once again into the life of Stuart Daniels, a character I have grown to love from Davis’ first novel Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World. Scared was set in Africa and shared the story of Adanna an orphan child and all that she endured. The dark streets of Russia are the setting for Priceless and Davis opens ours eyes to the evils of the sex-slave industry.
From the first chapter when Stuart meets his first young sex slaves that he rescues in a suitcase to the close when he risks his life to rescue a young orphan girl Marina who had captured his heart several years before, this reader was riveted to the page. While this is a fiction novel the author shares that 80% of the book is based on true events.
Current statistics reveal that 1.2 million children are trafficked yearly. Two children per minute are trafficked for sexual exploitation. If you think it’s not taking place in the U.S. think again: Up to 300,000 prostituted children live on U.S. streets.
Here in South Africa 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys suffer sexual exploitation in some form. Of the 400,000 child laborers in SA more than 247,900 were involved in “exploitative labor” including prostitution. These statistics are from 2007 and I am sure have risen in number since then.
Visit the website She is Priceless for more information on child sex trafficking and ways you can help.