Emma, my ten-year-old great- granddaughter, can’t wait to read Great-grandma’s book. When her mom brought the Daughters of Deliverance home, the smile on her face tells it all . Ten might be a little young . Thankfully the concepts of trafficking and slavery are still beyond her, but I know she’ll admire my historical heroine, Katharine Bushnell, and her passion to rescue girls from evil.*
I love her sweet innocent face, I’m thankful she’s growing up in a family where she’s loved and protected; where her big brothers would never allow anyone to hurt her; and where her parents teach her the Bible and pray for her to grow up knowing God loves her.
One day she’ll find out that since Kate’s discovery and exposure of “white slavery” in the United States in the late 1800’s, the tragic practice has only grown worse.
There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children. — Cortana
*Though the book deals with adult subjects, I’ve written Kate’s story without sordid details. In fact, Kate’s faith and obedience to God as she finds herself in difficult situations, is what my readers are telling me challenges them the most.