Based on the real-life horrors faced by thousands of girls, award-winning author Pamela Samuels Young takes readers deep inside the disturbing world of child sex trafficking in a fast-paced thriller that educates as much as it entertains.
Thirteen-year-old Brianna Walker is ecstatic. She's about to sneak off to meet her first real boyfriend—a boyfriend she met on Facebook. But Brianna is in for a horrifying surprise because her boyfriend doesn't exist. Instead, Brianna unwittingly becomes the captive of a ring of drug dealers- turned-human traffickers who prey on lonely girls from dysfunctional homes. But they’ve made a big mistake in targeting Brianna because she doesn’t meet either of those criteria.
Brianna’s Uncle Dre, a man with his own criminal past, is determined to find the niece who is more like a daughter to him. Rather than sit back and rely on police to bring Brianna home, Dre scours the dark corners of Los Angeles looking for her. He is stunned to learn that the trafficking of children isn’t just happening in other countries. It’s occurring at epidemic levels right in his own backyard.
Dre is not alone in his desperate search. Loretha Johnson knows this world well. A social worker who previously lived “the life,” Loretha now dedicates her time to saving as many young girls as she can find. She turns out to be an invaluable resource for Dre, who ultimately gets a lead on The Shepherd, a mastermind in the trafficking world whose every move is fueled by ego and greed. Dre vows to bring The Shepherd's reign of terror to an end, even if he has to break the law to do it.
While Brianna makes a futile effort to thwart her captors, Dre is getting closer and closer to finding her. The woman he loves, attorney Angela Evans, knows the dangers faced by sexually exploited children because she represents them in juvenile court. Angela lends her moral support and, eventually, an important clue to Brianna’s whereabouts.
As he races against the clock, Dre ultimately comes up with a daring plan—one that puts many lives in danger, including his own. But will he find Brianna before it's too late?
Book Talk Stop Q&A
I kept coming across news stories about human trafficking. At the time, I assumed this atrocity only happened to girls and women in other countries. I didn't realize that it was going on right here in my own backyard. The deeper I dug, the more shocked I became. When I discovered that the sexual exploitation of children was occurring at epidemic levels, I knew I had to write about it. I wanted to craft an entertaining mystery, but I also wanted to educate readers about this tragedy. I hope Anybody's Daughter opens people's eyes the way my eyes were opened and spurs them to join the fight to save our children. The fact is, thanks in great part to the Internet, anybody's daughter can indeed become a victim of human trafficking. So we should all be invested in stopping it.
The biggest challenge was communicating the tragedy of the sexual exploitation of children in a way that didn’t turn readers off. This is a tough subject. I want to touch people and impact them to the point that they would want to do something about this. I think I’ve accomplished that.
Dre. I love that man! He’s cute, smart, knows the streets and is a manly man.
I want people to understand that all of our children are potential sex trafficking victims. Child predators are no longer lurking outside our kids’ schools. If you have the Internet in your home, the predator is in your child’s bedroom. Predators are using Facebook and other social media to troll for victims. Parents need to make sure they know what their kids are doing online.
Romance. I love reading them. Since I’m newly divorced, there’s not much romance in my life these days, so I might as well dream up some. LOL!
I would have connected with book clubs sooner. It wasn’t until my second or third book that I began to really focus on building my book club fan base. I’ve connected with close to 300 book clubs and they are responsible for much of my success because they truly support me and have helped me build word-of-mouth buzz.