Hi guys. I have been offered an opportunity to write a book exposing the issue of human trafficking, especially as it applies to the so-called "massage brothels".
Some personal history. At one time in my life I held public office, I was a Nevada State Assemblyman and in that office I dealt with the issue. I even received calls from those who own and operate legal brothels in rural Nevada. If anyone is qualified to write such a tome, it is me.
So, here is the discussion topic, any help out there as for sources, historical paths to check, and so on? I plan on treating it as a sort of fictionalized documentary in order to offer up hard fact in an interesting manner.
Your thoughts on this, please.
It's an important topic that flies under the radar all too often. There's an organization based in Washington, DC that works on this issue, the International Justice Mission. Try contacting them. It would be fascinating if you could interview survivors. Usually, when this topic makes the news, the story begins and ends with the bust of the "massage brothels." But what happens to the women? What happens to the owner? How do clients find such places to begin with?
That last question has been on my own mind lately. I work for a company that publishes several weekly newspapers covering towns in my area. There was a recent bust of a massage brothel in a building that I grew up driving by, in the type of community that usually has the word "upscale" attached to its name as a descriptor. Members of our NHL team, cardiologists, lawyers, all live there. People drove past the place on the way to their kids' soccer practice. How did people who were looking for that sort of thing know what it was?
Excellent suggestions LD. I plan on beginning with a dramatized account of one woman's failed escape from one of the legal Nevada brothels where she was being held captive. Yes, even the so-called legal establishments can't help but play the villain.