Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stolen ~ Katariina Rosenblatt, PHD

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800723457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723453

Sex trafficking is currently a hot news topic, but it is not a new problem or just a problem in "other" countries. Every year, an estimated 300,000 American children are at risk of being lured into the sex trade, some as young as eight years old. It is thought that up to 90 percent of victims are never rescued.

Stolen is the true story of one survivor who escaped--more than once. First recruited while staying with her family at a hotel in Miami Beach, Katariina Rosenblatt was already a lonely and abused young girl who was yearning to be loved. She fell into the hands of a confident young woman who pretended friendship but slowly lured her into a child prostitution ring. For years afterward, a cycle of false friendship, threats, drugs, and violence kept her trapped. 

As Kat shares her harrowing experiences, readers will quickly realize the frightening truth that these terrible things could have happened to any child--a neighbor, a niece, a friend, a sister, a daughter. But beyond that, they will see that there is real hope for the victims of sex trafficking. Stolen is more than a warning. It is a celebration of survival that will inspire.

My take on this book:
First and foremost I want to thank the author Katariina Rosenblatt for sharing her story, because reading these stories are the only way that the public is going to become aware of what is going on everywhere. I think most of us like to believe that this doesn't go on in our country, after all whenever I hear about it on the news it is usually a story that occurs in some other country that is often half a world away. Unfortunately though it does happen sometimes in our own backyards. While Ms. Rosenblatt's story is sad to read, it really does give the reader an up close look at how someone can get caught up in something that becomes hard to escape. Stolen was a story that was sometimes heart wrenching, but is so worth reading. I am so glad that the author found the strength through God to find her way out so that she can help other victims.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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