New Legal Thriller, 'Anybody's Daughter,' is Released
In her newest fast-paced thriller, "Anybody's Daughter," practicing attorney Pamela Samuels Young sheds light on a serious contemporary issue - child sex trafficking - and shares a cautionary tale for parents and teens.
Young, who was honored in 2010 by the American Library Association's Black Caucus for excellence in fiction writing, specializes in workplace sexual harassment. She heavily researched the real world of child sex trafficking in writing "Anybody's Daughter" and says the sexual exploitation of children is an issue close to her heart.
"I actually watched girls no older than 13 or 14 strolling the 'track' in Compton, mere blocks from a police station and not far from where I grew up," Young says. "Law enforcement and the justice system are failing our children by not focusing more attention on this problem. In fact, they're contributing to it by treating these children like criminals instead of the victims that they are."
Young points to Los Angeles County's STAR Court as an example of an innovative approach to this crisis. Under the guidance of the STAR Court, multiple social agencies team up to provide under-aged girls who've been targeted by pimps with specialized help and guidance.
"One of the reasons child sex trafficking is proliferating at such an alarming rate is because we live in a culture that glorifies pimps," Young explains. "Another part of the problem is that the johns who are soliciting these children are rarely prosecuted. We need to begin with tougher sentences for both the pimps and the johns. This needs to be a national priority because the next victim won't be just anybody's daughter, it could be yours."
"Anybody's Daughter," makes that point chillingly clear in a narrative that opens with a bright, sheltered 13-year-old girl, Brianna, eagerly awaiting her first rendezvous with a "boy" she has met on Facebook.