Modern slavery is happening all around you--and you can be part of the solution
Human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. Neither is it something that just happens to "other people" such as runaways or the disenfranchised. Even kids in your own neighborhood can fall victim. But they don't have to.
Through true stories and expertise from her many years of boots-on-the-ground experience, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches you everything you need to know about human trafficking in the United States, helping you identify risk factors, take practical steps to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe from predators, and recognize trafficking around you in order to help fight it.
"The aptly titled In Our Backyard is superb. Belles compellingly calls for action based on the truth that every human life is of equal, enormous value."-- Mark Lagon, former US ambassador and director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP)
"A vital resource and tool that should be required reading for every concerned citizen."-- Francine Rivers, author of Redeeming Love
"Information is power. In this well-written, arresting book, we have the information we need to defend those we love most."-- Frank Schaeffer, author of Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God
"Nita Belles's book detailing the shocking reality of forced labor and sex trafficking in the United States is a must read."-- Lynne Hybels, author, cofounder of Willow Creek Community Church
"Every one of us can make a difference to end one of the greatest evils of our times, and in In Our Backyard, Nita Belles shows us how to do just that."-- Anna Bastian, Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking
"Not to be missed, this book can and will change lives only when individuals open their eyes (and hearts) to the trafficking going on around them in their own communities (and then do something about it)."-- CBA Retailers + Resources
Nita Belles is an author, speaker, and anti-human trafficking crusader. She has worked in a broad scope of venues with law enforcement, government officials, social services, and the medical and faith communities to combat human trafficking. She is executive director of In Our Backyard (www.InOurBackyard.org) and regional director for Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (www.cooath.org).