There is hope, even on the darkest of days
Katariina Rosenblatt was a lonely and abused young girl, yearning to be loved, wanting attention. That made her the perfect target. On an ordinary day, she met a confident young woman–someone Kat wished she could be like–who pretended to be a friend while slowly luring her into a child trafficking ring. A cycle of false friendships, threats, drugs, and violence kept her trapped.
As Kat shares her harrowing experiences, her ultimate escape, and her passionate efforts to now free other victims, you’ll see that not only is sex trafficking happening frighteningly close to home–it’s also something that can be stopped. Stolen is a warning, a celebration of survival, and a beacon of hope that will inspire you.
(Synopsis and image via Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Genre: Memoir | Christian Nonfiction | Women Writers
Published: September 2014
Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Source: Revell Reads Blog Tour Program
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are solely mine.
Looking back, I can see that my childhood experiences made me vulnerable and set me up for traffickers. Even before I was old enough to attend school, fear was an everyday occurrence.
Living in the I-5 corridor running north from California to Seattle, I’m more familiar than I’d like to be with the amount of sex trafficking that goes on in this area. Last year a young girl was found murdered in a local hotel, the victim of sex trafficking.
In Stolen, Katariina Rosenblatt tells her true story of being victimized by sex traffickers. Although most of us would like to sit back and pretend this isn’t happening, Rosenblatt takes us into a realistic view of the world of the “stolen.”
Compelling and often difficult to put down, Rosenblatt’s story shares the horrible things she endured. More importantly, she tells a riveting story of her faith and God’s love and commitment not only to her in these difficult times, but also to all of us when we lose our way.
The courage and bravery it took to write her story doesn’t compare to the courage and bravery it took to remove herself from this dark way of life. Dangerous and evil, young girls are easy prey when they don’t feel loved or have low self-esteem. Rosenblatt doesn’t spare words as she shares the reality of what happens.
I highly recommend this book for parents of young girls and teenagers, pastors working with families affected by sex trafficking, counselors, and educators. Arm yourselves with knowledge from someone who has lived this life, and help prevent others from falling prey to sex trafficking.