Research on Prostitution & Soul Destruction: Unforgivable

Ruth Jacobs

Guest blog post for crime writer, Graham Smith.

In the late 1990s, I undertook a dissertation on prostitution. I had been studying criminology, and within that, I was examining female criminal activity, and noticed the lack of females in certain types of crime and their prevalence in prostitution, which in most societies is not a crime, but classed as ‘deviant’ behaviour in sociological terms. I knew the importance of firsthand accounts when undertaking such a project and, being somewhat wayward and spending time in London’s underworld, I had friends who worked as call girls… Read the full article here.

In the Booth with Ruth – Linda Sullivan, Executive Director/President of B.E.S.T. & Master Certified Coach for Victims of Human Trafficking

Linda Sullivan shares her experience and knowledge as the Executive Director and President of B.E.S.T. – Building Empowerment By Stopping Trafficking – and as a Master Certified Coach for Victims of Human Trafficking.

Ruth Jacobs

Linda Sullivan

What inspired you to support the movement against child sexual slavery and exploitation?

I have been working in this field since I was a young volunteer myself, for over 25 years.  I have been an advocate for at risk populations over my lifetime and became passionate about the subject of human trafficking when I first assisted a victim.  I studied social sciences in Manhattan at the New School University and became well-versed in cross cultural human rights issues. My studies at the New School University opened the doors for studies in comparative religions and anthropology and tribal studies.  My work, studies and volunteer efforts kept me drawn to human rights and human trafficking issues.

How did you go about setting up your non-profit organisation?

I analysed as many programs as I could and worked with professionals in the legal and other fields to design a holistic model that filled in…

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Books Direct: Review of Soul Destruction: Unforgivable & Excerpt of Chapter 3 – The Stranger, the Coke Can and the Futuristic Street Installation

SD-front smallBooks Direct: You can read my 5-BD (the Books Direct equivalent of stars) review below. I was privileged to receive an exclusive pre-release copy of the book to review. Also, be sure to read my next blog post, where I interview Ruth and give you the chance to enter the giveaway to win one of two eBook copies of Soul Destruction: Unforgivable.

Excerpt: Chapter 3 – The Stranger, the Coke Can and the Futuristic Street Installation

Shelley found herself squatting on the dirty floor of a public toilet in Camden Town, trying to avoid the sparkling streams of urine under the dim light. Twenty minutes earlier, she’d plucked a young man from the street. He’d been sitting on the pavement by the Tube station, begging, appearing to be homeless. She had a knack for picking them – the junkies – and she was rarely wrong.

She entrusted him with one-hundred and twenty pounds to score sixty brown and sixty white. He both scored and brought back the drugs – the latter not being a given when strangers score for strangers, especially when buying heroin and crack. With that action, sadly, he proved more reliable and perhaps more deserving of her trust than the majority of people with whom she associated.

Although in her cigarette packet she still had the crack from The Lanesborough, she needed more. And she needed the heroin to come down, but before coming down, she wanted to get as high as she knew how… To continue reading through to the end of Chapter 3 click here.