Title: Slave Stealers, by: Timothy Ballard
Timothy Ballard, founder of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) goes back in time to visit slavery in the American South during the 1800s & then forward to present-day slavery. It is very much still an issue, even in the United States. "Slavery today is a big business. To illustrate just how big it is, imagine this: with the money made in human trafficking every year, you could buy every Starbucks franchise in the world, every NBA team in the nation, and every Target store across the globe."
You will be amazed & appalled by the story of Harriet Jacobs & what she was willing to do to escape slavery & her awful master, Norcom.
Ballard also became personally involved in rescue missions for children wrongfully stolen from their parents to be sold into slavery, when he met an influential father who lost his 3-year-old boy in Haiti. Tim Ballard left behind his job at the Department of Homeland Security & has since dedicated his life to rescuing children & women who have been sold into slavery & then delivering them to aftercare services to help these individuals heal & recover. It's truly an inspiring story, but it's also heart wrenching & disgusting that so many sex predators are out there in the world. We have to put a stop to this awful epidemic & you can help!
Visit ourrescue.org/ to learn more <3
"The original Underground Railroad is what inspired me to retire from the government and start a rescue foundation. After hunting traffickers and liberating children around the world for over a decade, I realized something. We can't do this alone. The problem is too big & growing too fast. We need everyone."
"Sometimes heaven's medicine is not pleasant, but if it is given, it is necessary."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke
"The Declaration of Independence was the Founders' majestic interpretation of the Universe. This was their lofty & wise & noble understanding of the justice of the Creator to His creatures. In their enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image & likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, & degraded & imbruted by its fellows." -Abraham Lincoln
"Let's not wait until darkness hits us (like it did the Union soldiers) before we start seeking the light. Let's serve each other now, find peace now, enjoy happiness now. If we do, perhaps the darker parts of history won't repeat themselves. Perhaps we will stave them off. Lincoln and the abolitionists created the medicine and began applying it to the wound- & it had great effect. I fear we have stopped applying the medicine and the national wound, rather than healing, is opening back up."
This was such a moving, heartbreaking novel. It shed a lot of light on the child trafficking issues that are taking place & becoming a very real threat to our society. This young boy, named Chellamuthu, was stolen from his family, brought to an orphanage (the Lincoln Home Orphanage) & then sold to a family in the U.S. (the Rowlands) He is renamed Taj after living with the Rowlands because his mom is sick over how he is teased & mocked by the other kids at school. It takes him a while to adapt to a new culture, but then he becomes more American than Indian & as a young adult he starts to question his background & where he really belongs. When he dates & then marries his wife Priya, he gets a clue about his past at the orphanage through her family relation. He goes on a quest to find his original Indian family when he is back in India for his brother-in-law's wedding & he is determined to find someone who knows him or knows who he belongs to.
A very heartwarming story & it's based on Taj's true experience!
**If you've read the book, a neat resource to gain more insight into his actual journey is:
"Sometimes, just focusing our view, taking a new perspective, makes all the difference."
"Life will always be hard, but if we do our best, if we persist, we can make a difference --and good will win over evil, love will conquer hate."
"He'd found that although darkness encourages introspection, it also distorts life's problems, makes them larger & more pressing than they need to be. Worries...compound in the dark."