In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It
:In recent years, Americans have woken up to the reality that human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. But what most still do not understand is that neither is it something that just happens to "other...
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:In recent years, Americans have woken up to the reality that human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. But what most still do not understand is that neither is it something that just happens to "other people" such as runaways or the disenfranchised. The sex trafficker is no respecter of faith, education, or socioeconomic status, and even kids who are raised in solid families in middle and upper class suburbs can fall victim. Likewise, labor trafficking happens in our cities, neighborhoods and rural areas.
Through true stories and years of boots-on-the-ground experience, including at the Super Bowl, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches readers everything they need to know about human trafficking in the United States and what they can do to join the fight against it. She helps concerned parents, friends, teachers, law enforcement, government officials, and other leaders understand all forms of trafficking, identify risk factors, and take practical steps to keep their loved ones and neighbors safe from predators.
Nita Belles has worked with victims and survivors of domestic violence for many years. Presently, as the Central Oregon Regional Director for Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH), she focuses on helping victims and survivors of human trafficking and raising awareness about modern-day slavery. A former associate pastor, she holds a master's degree in theology with a concentration in women's concerns. A frequent speaker on human trafficking, Belles lives in Central Oregon with her family.