Edge of Faith March 2017 - Page 17

“I am telling you this because this is happening in our neighborhoods.”

think there has to be a little bit of, yeah you're willing to risk it, but it’s worth the risk to begin that conversation and especially now, there is so much out there and articles written and celebrities taking a stand that people can point to, so real quickly they can see they are not alone.

You point out in the book when you are discussing sex trafficking, that the average age is between 11 and 13?

Yeah

And, I guess there were some international studies that showed like 60% of the children tested suffered from PTSD, so I mean, that is an awful thing to look at and that is just one of many things, right?

Yes

But, you know, one of things that got to me the most, I mean, I won’t ruin the entire book, but a couple of points would be nice, really. You talk about one of the children that was brought over as a foreign slave and lived in a garage?

Yeah.

Maybe you could tell that story for the

audience, so they can get a taste for

the book?

Yeah, so I’m in Southern California and

this particular case actually happened,

probably over ten years ago. There was

a child, she was a young girl in Egypt at

the time and her mother sold her to another Egyptian family to work as a domestic slave

for them.

That Egyptian family ended up moving to the United States and living in a nice gated community in Irvine, California. They had other kids and this little girl at 8 years old, or might have been 10 at the time, her responsibility was cleaning the whole house every day, cooking the meals every day and watching the kids when the parents weren’t there and being a domestic slave. She lived in the garage on one blanket and it took a number of months ... the kids were going off to school and she would be left behind and was verbally abused by the family.

One of her neighbors, they are not exactly sure [which neighbor], ... made an observation ... “Why do they have all these kids but this one

girl is not going to school? She is school aged”. You could almost hear this neighbors conversation with her husband, like you know, “Harold, That kid needs to go to school”, and Harold is like, “Mind your own business”. Over time this neighbor said, “No, this is not right”.

So she called social services to say, "There is this kid next door that’s not in school, do you mind going and checking it? Something doesn’t seem to be quite right."

Come to find out, that is when they rescued Chima and the husband and wife were prosecuted. One, I believe, fled and the other one served jail time. They were prosecuted under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act for human trafficking and Chima was their slave.

Now there were a couple of great points and lessons that were learned. One, that the everyday