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SEX TRAFFICING - ATLANTA GA - RESCUING HOPE




Did you know 100,000 American children were sex-trafficked in 2009?

When unassuming mom Susan Norris heard this was going on right there, in her quiet suburban Atlanta neighborhood, she resolved to act. After spending countless hours with victims, detectives, and a former pimp, Susan combined what she'd learned and wrote the novel, RESCUING HOPE

We're taking the book on a blog tour to raise awareness of human sex trafficking in America during April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Would you like to take part?

About Author Susan Norris: She’s a powerful voice for hope, international speaker and activist Susan Norris helps teens and women find freedom from strongholds. When she learned of girls as young as nine years old being trafficked for sex in her own quiet suburban Atlanta neighborhood, Susan set out on a quest to free and protect them.

Known to many as Miss Susan, this woman of boldness has spent countless hours listening to, comforting, and helping survivors, their families, detectives, and even a former pimp. She is a voice for victims and a catalyst for action among her peers. Her book, Rescuing Hope, provides a realistic portrayal of how a child becomes a victim of sex trafficking and serves as a source of hope and insight to those who read it.

A CLASS certified speaker, Susan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master’s of Education. She taught in public and private schools and served as a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes before being called to full time ministry. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and children and considers them to be her highest calling.

She has spoken at over a dozen events since January and is scheduled for several more through April, including an invitation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She has been featured in electronic and traditional media, including the “Marietta Daily Journal” and Cornerstone Media Television.
To learn more, visit www.susannorris.org.

To obtain an interview with Susan Norris or arrange for her to speak at your event, email Rebeca at rebeca@glassroadmm.com or call (615) 308-1198.


100,000 AMERICAN CHILDREN WERE SEX-TRAFFICKED IN 2009

200,000-300,000 LAST YEAR, according to the State Department and BI.


SUSAN NORRIS IS WORKING TO STOP IT  


(ATLANTA, GA) Every two minutes in the United States, a child is sold as a sex slave. When unassuming suburban mom Susan Norris learned that girls as young as nine years old were being trafficked for sex in her own quiet suburban Atlanta neighborhood, she had to act.


“It’s time to sound the alarm,” Susan says. “We need to wake up and recognize our country’s most valuable resource is being stolen from us, our children. Called the crime hidden in plain sight, sex trafficking is no respecter of persons. It impacts every demographic imaginable.”


From countless hours spent with survivors, their families, detectives, and a former pimp, Susan crafted the story Rescuing Hope. It released in January and has already sold in the thousands.


“Susan made me feel such a deep connection to Hope, I now carry her in my heart,” one ministry director said. “She is the face of the girls I am fighting for.”


Susan works alongside other organizations addressing this issue, including Resolution Hope, Not for Sale, and Out of Darkness. She lobbies for stronger laws to protect victims, while investing herself into the lives of rescued girls as they piece together shattered lives.

To learn more, visit www.susannorris.org.
To obtain an interview with Susan Norris or arrange for her to speak at your event, email Rebeca at rebeca@glassroadmm.com or call (615) 308-1198.


RESCUING HOPE | by SUSAN NORRIS| January 1, 2013 | iUniverse | 978-1475966237 | $14.95 | Tradepaper

*Headline statistics from The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, 2009, Shared Hope International and the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Justice, and Federal Bureau of Investigation


Quick Stats About Sex Trafficking in the United States


·         According to the FBI, human sex trafficking is the fastest growing business of organized crime in the world

·         According to the FBI, the average age at which girls first become victims of forced prostitution is 12 to 14.

·         According to the FBI, traffickers use force, drugs, emotional tactics, and financial methods to control their victims. Perpetrators promise marriage and a lifestyle victims often did not have in their previous familial relationships. In cases where the children have few or no positive male role models in their lives, the traffickers often demand the victim refer to them as, “daddy.”

·         According to the U.S. State Department, approximately 80% of human trafficking victims are women and girls and up to 50% are minors.

·         According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as many as 2.8 million children run away in the U.S. each year. Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one third will be lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography.

·         According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 300,000 children in the U.S. are at risk every year for commercial sexual exploitation

To learn more, visit www.susannorris.org 


To obtain an interview with Susan Norris or arrange for her to speak at your event, email Rebeca at rebeca@glassroadmm.com or call (615) 308-1198.

12 Ways to Protect Yourself


Human sex trafficking is as networked as the drug and arms trades.  Pimps pay people to surf the internet to find new recruits for them. Others are paid to pose as possible dates to lure girls into a trap. It’s all about money. Everyone in the game is looking for a way to cash in on you or some other unsuspecting soul.


1. Do not post pictures of yourself on Facebook in bathing suits or other revealing clothing. Traffickers are constantly looking for girls to recruit by perusing pictures of anyone in their network.

Only accept people as friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social media if you know them personally. Teenagers like being popular, even on the internet.  Many will accept any friend invitation they receive, so you can’t count on your friends to be wise when accepting friends. Your safety is up to you. Be smart!

2. Never post where you’re going on social media; only post where you’ve been.  If someone manages to get to your page, they can track your every move if you post who you’re with and where you’re going next. It’s like handing a trafficker a roadmap to find you.


3. Posting pictures and comments on social media from your smartphone may list your location without you being aware of it. You can shut this feature off on your phone.  Ask your cell phone provider how to do this. If you’re posting a picture of yourself, the trafficker will have no trouble picking you out from the crowd.


4. Remember there is safety in numbers.  Even something as simple as walking home from the bus stop has proven dangerous if done alone.  Always make sure you are with others.


5. Don’t engage in conversations with guys you don’t know.  Don’t answer their questions or give out information about yourself or your friends.  What appears to be harmless flirting can lead to dangerous activity in seconds.


6. Don’t get into a car with anyone you don’t know well, even if they appear to know you.


7. Beware of friends telling you they have an easy way to make money.


8. Don’t go to a party held by someone you or your family doesn't know well.


9. Beware of offers by stranger to get you into modeling or the movies. Talk with your parents about anyone who approaches you with this type of offer. If they are from a reputable company there will be a way to confirm so and keep you safe in the process.


10. Do not take a gift from a stranger.
Never accept an open drink of any kind, even a soda, from someone you don’t know well. It’s very common for traffickers to lace a drink with drugs to inhibit your abilities.


READ THE FIRST PAGE OF “Rescuing Hope"

“I need my money.” She pulled her tank top back on in the dimly lit room. The scent of their act still hung in the air. She gagged on her shame. Most days she could go through the motions like a robot. But tonight she saw a price tag hanging on her that read “clearance, damaged goods.”

            “You’re nothing,” he said. It was like he took a chunk out of her already pulpy soul. The low-watt bulb dangling from the crumbling ceiling was a spotlight that revealed her.

“Pay you! You’ve got to be kidding me. You weren’t worth the time I spent away from my family.” He threw her jeans in her face. “Get dressed and get out, you little tramp.”

“I can’t go back to T without my money.” Her voice cracked and rose. She knew T wouldn’t take it lightly. “He’ll kill me. Then he’ll come kill you too.”

“I really don’t care what he does with you. I’m going to get cleaned up and then I’m out of here. Make sure you’re gone when I come out.”

The bathroom door closed with a bang. She slid her jeans over her bony hips; she’d always been thin, but this life made her gaunt. Then she saw his wallet on the dresser. She’d pay herself. He wouldn’t know until she was long gone. She picked up the wallet and counted out what he owed her just as the water turned off.

 Susan is available for interview. This subject is so important. All of our blog reviewers have jumped on it like a bunch of mama bears protecting their cubs. One of our reviewers even told us about her own granddaughter being taken in Atlanta. Here is a link to the page on Susan's website that has a lot of sex-trafficking stats for Atlantahttp://www.susannorris.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Have_You_Heard_PDF_file.pdf


LeAnn Hamby
Director of Publicity
Glass Road Media & Management

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