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CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2012 /Standard Newswire/ -- Right now there are more slaves on earth than at any other time in history: 27 million worldwide. Many of those being bought and sold are caught up in the sex trade, and many of them are children.
Mary Frances Bowley, author of The White Umbrella: Walking With Survivors of Sex Trafficking, hopes to inspire those who want to help, but do not know where to begin.
"Sex trafficking isn't just going on 'out there' somewhere. It's happening in your state. Maybe even your town," said Bowley, president and founder of Wellspring Living (www.wellspringliving.org), an Atlanta-based organization fighting childhood sexual abuse and exploitation since 2001.
According to FBI reports, the number of children forced into sex trafficking in the United States alone is well over 100,000.
"For most of my years, I was completely unaware of the sexual slave trade here in America and the desperate lives of so many young women," said Bowley. "I was a mom, wife and Bible teacher, with no aspirations to do anything outside my bubble of a life."
Bowley's life forever changed when a man in her church told her about a woman in a desperate situation who needed help. Her eyes were quickly opened to the plight of young women "struggling against the storms." Out of this story, Wellspring Living was birthed.
Today, Wellspring Living serves 100 women and girls annually and nearly 400 of them have graduated from the different program offerings, including: a recovery home for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, an outpatient counseling center and a safe place for women escaping from unsafe situations.
In 2008, Wellspring launched a program for child survivors of forced prostitution and sex trafficking. The White Umbrella tells the heartbreaking stories of these survivors in addition to the stories of those who came alongside to help them towards recovery.
"To me, a white umbrella is the perfect symbol. The color white represents purity -- the purity these girls still possess and the motivation we have to help them recover it," said Bowley.
The book offers principles and guidance to anyone with a heart for the cause of human trafficking and a desire to help. Profits from book sales will enable Wellspring Living to continue confronting the issues of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Frances Bowley is a leading voice in the fight against child sex trafficking. Recently, the White House Blue Campaign called on her to share her expertise in putting an end to the sexual exploitation of children. Bowley is also the author of A League of Dangerous Women.
To order review copies and/or schedule interviews with Bowley, contact Janis Backing at 312-329-2108 or email@example.com.