A shocking story of a life of incest, physical abuse, rape and prostitution is told in a new book about a $32 billion-a-year industry: Human trafficking. Some 4.5 million of trafficked person are sexually exploited and 50 percent of them are children. January is Human Trafficking Month, and here's a book about it, Layla: How One Woman's Horrific Story Became The Driving Force To Save The Lost And Abused Living On America's Streets
It's described in the following press release:
A $32 billion-a-year industry, human trafficking is on the rise and is in all 50 states. 4.5 million of the trafficked persons are sexually exploited and 50% of those victims are estimated to be children.
"January is Human Trafficking Month - it saddens us greatly that this requires an actual awareness month - but it does. Let's work together to raise awareness and to solve the very real issue of human trafficking happening every day in our own neighborhoods," say Jeannie Kerrigan and Katherine Patton, co-founders of Ricky's Revolution Non-Profit.
Petaluma, CA, January 8, 2014 – Jeannie Kerrigan and Katherine Patton of Ricky's Revolution Non-profit walk along the streets at night handing out Rickys, stuffed monkeys embroidered with national safety and shelter hot-line numbers, to remind those in need that help is just a phone call away.
As Street Team Leaders they go onto the streets personally interacting with children, youth and adults involved in acute situations of violence and homelessness.
The monkey's name is Ricky; doubly significant because he was named after Jeannie's treasured stuffed monkey she had as a child that was lost the day she was abducted and raped as a young girl.
Through the use of Ricky, this 501(c)(3) national outreach program provides information on safety and shelter options and national hotline numbers including rape crisis, a runaway hotline, a domestic abuse hotline, and safe houses - especially important for victims of human trafficking who lack resources to get help. Additionally, Ricky's Revolution Nonprofit has volunteer-based shelter teams that deliver Rickys to local shelters in multiple states across the nation allowing community members to be a part of the process of bringing these issues to the forefront.
Knowing firsthand what it's like to feel abandoned by the world motivated Jeannie Kerrigan to write her deeply moving memoir, Layla; a shocking story of a life of incest, physical abuse, rape and prostitution in a world of drugs and insanity. Through the Rickys being circulated on the streets and her own heartrending story, Jeannie speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves, always reminding them she is living proof of hope for a better life.
Founder and Executive Director, Jeannie enjoys a successful 14-year practice in Santa Fe, NM and California. She is a healer, teacher, author, and spiritual leader whose experience has made her one of the most effective public speakers on the planet.
Co-founder and Director Katherine Patton has over 20 years of experience as a professional counselor and educator. She believes in and understands the value of human connection as a vital and integral part of the healing process. She has worked extensively with abused youth, emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, and their families.
For more information on the organization or Jeannie's personal story, please visit the website at: www.rickysrevolution.org.
Layla Jeannie Kerrigan
Available on Amazon.com; jeanniekerrigan.com; rickysrevolution.org
What's America's worst war? Vietnam? Iraq? Afghanistan? Go here to find out why it was the War of 1812
To subscribe to The Barbershop, type your email address in the box and click the "create subscription" button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.