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.
For many people, when they think of human trafficking, they see it happening in third world countries where corruption is rampant. What doesn’t come to mind is their own backyard – their town, their country. Tragedies always happen anywhere but home, right?
Stolen nixes those myths right from the first chapter. Human trafficking is something that can happen so easily, it is downright frightening. Children and teens who are lonely, abused, addicted to drugs, and/or who do not have a good family presence are especially vulnerable. Sex traffickers appeal to their victims’ desire to be loved and wanted by pulling them into a false sense of security and family, enabling their drug addiction (or fostering a new one), and finally, trapping them into a life of slavery.
Stolen is raw and unflinching in its portrayal of the horrible life of a trafficking victim. Katariina pulls no punches as she chronicles her cycle of sexual abuse, drug addiction, and the despair of a life believing you are no one. Fortunately for Katariina, she is eventually able to break free.
Now Katariina is joining others in speaking out and creating awareness of human trafficking. Her organization, There Is H.O.P.E For Me (www.StolenOnes.com) was founded in order to work directly with those who have been trafficked, to provide them with a way out.
Human trafficking is a huge money-maker, and the only way to stop it is if more people speak out against it. Together, we can create more awareness of human trafficking and work towards eradicating it, and in the interim, help its victims.
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