Posted at: 11/09/2012 6:32 PM
Updated at: 11/09/2012 6:38 PM
By: Brittany Lewis
Author to Speak About Human Trafficking
(ABC 6 News) -- Minnesota is 13th on the list of states with the highest numbers of human trafficking. The issue affects some of the youngest in our communities and is the subject in a series of books written by author Kathi Mecias.
"Mara fought to breathe against the thick darkness that pressed her down. The closet was so small, so dark, and cramped," read Mecias.
Mara is a fictional character in a fictional book. But the story being told, is one of a victim of child sex trafficking, and is a reality for far too many.
"When you here that there are two million enslaved and 100 to 300,000 of those are children in sexual slavery, that really knocked me off my feet, that's what really put it in perspective," said Mecias.
The three book series discusses human trafficking. She wrote the books after learning how big of a problem it is in the United States. Friday night, she will discuss the books, hoping to create awareness about the issue.
"I really believe it's starting to spread and people are realizing how bad of a problem it really is," she said.
According to the website, Minnesota Girls Not For Sale, a November 2010 study found on any given weekend night in Minnesota, 46 girls under the age of 18 are sold for sex through internet sites and escort services.
"When it says 19 that's a red flag for me," said Stephanie Holt. Holt is the founder of Mission 21, an organization that's working to create the first safe house for victims of trafficking. Trafficking is an issue affecting Rochester youth.
"I will say that some of the girls, are girls in Rochester schools."
The hope is the reality of sex trafficking will one day be made a fictional one.
Mecias will be speaking at 7 p.m. Friday at the Autumn Ridge Church.