The Dark Caravan series touches on the issue of human trafficking, as Nalia is a jinni who is trafficked to Earth by one of her land's slave traders and then sold to a human master.
In real life, victims of sex trafficking do not have magical powers or masters who lavish them with luxury gifts. However, some of what Nalia and the other jinn on the dark caravan experience does resemble real life. Currently, there are approximately 12.3 million women, men, and children being trafficked around the world,* held against their will and sold to the highest bidder. Their masters might not have bottles to keep them in, but the communities that turn a blind eye—or are unaware of their suffering—are often just as inescapable.
The dark caravan is real. You can help.
I am partnering withNomi Network, an organization devoted to creating opportunities for survivors and women at risk of trafficking by providing training, product development, and marketing support. Help Nomi help these women by purchasing the Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body bag(or any of their awesome products).
Buy the bag--or any of Nomi's products--and I will send you some Dark Caravan Cycle goodies. Just email a copy of your receipt (or take a screenshot) here.
And...thank you for supporting these women and this amazing organization!
Below is information about the modern slave trade and what you can do to help break the bonds.
CAST:The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking: Advocacy and direct assistance based in Los Angeles: www.castla.org
Shared Hope International: Advocacy and assistance for victims of sex trafficking: www.sharedhope.org
The A21 Campaign: Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century: Education and raising awareness: www.thea21campaign.org
GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Service: Working to help domestically trafficked girls: www.gems-girls.org
Sold by Patricia McCormick (2008: Hyperion)A wonderful YA novel that teen girls will connect to.
Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them by Julian Sher (2011: Chicago Review Press)Required reading for parents and concerned adults everywhere.
There are approximately 12.3 million enslaved globally, the majority of whom are women and children.
The average age of trafficked slaves is twelve years old.**
Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking.**
Trafficking is a $9 billion dollar industry and the fastest growing criminal enterprise
According to CIA estimates, there are at least 15,000 people being trafficked in the US every year and the US is one of the top three destination points for traffickers.
Los Angeles is one of the top three points of entry for trafficking in the country.
Every year, between 600,00 and 800,000 people are trafficked—this number does not include people who are trafficked domestically or within their own cultures.
*Unless otherwise noted, statistics come from www.castla.org, as of 2013.
**These statistics from www.thea21campaign.org.