Character Interview + giveaway with Tatiana from Blood Borne Connections

There is a memory that I used to cling to but sadly it is beginning to fade—I am running in the field next to my house in Czechoslovakia as fast as my little legs can carry me. I am three or maybe four years old and to me the field seems to go on forever and ever. It is as though I am running to the end of the world. I am happy! I am free! I am free! I am not in this vile place where married men with wedding bands on, single men, old men and young men used my body every day. Seven days a week the door would open and a man would walk in at any time of the day and have sex with me. At first I refused, I tried to reason with them, I told them I was only fifteen. I tried to fight them . . .

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Short description

Fifteen-year-old Tatiana leaves an orphanage in Czechoslovakia with four other girls for a new start in America, where they are promised a better life. Less than a month later, Tatiana and the others are forced into prostitution. Blood Borne Connections is a fictional thriller about the Mafia, human sex trafficking, and the ability to survive against all the odds.

SELF-ESTEEM

I have been thinking about self-esteem over the past week or so and how much depends on our self-esteem during our lifetime.

A lot of us spend years trying to build & re-build them very shaky selves, all because of the past experiences and ups and downs cumulating to the very low self-esteem. The ones of you that have done that know how difficult it is to become a whole again.

So just imagine how difficult it is for the victims of human trafficking. Some of you already know that I have written a book about sex trafficking. In order to be able to write that book I had done a lot of research about the trafficking and its victims.

In the very first stage of this horrible ordeal the victims are repeatedly raped and humiliated several times a day by countless people. By the end of the first week most of the victims have no self-esteem left in them. That is one of the reasons why the victims often don’t run away, even if they can walk free. Their non-existing self-esteem won’t allow them to do so. The same low self-esteem holds them back from contacting their families or friends to seek help. A lot of outreach groups spend months and years talking to the victims trying to convince them to walk away.

Just think for a moment about how much help you need to rebuild your self-confidence after some distressing events that happen in your life. And now try to imagine how much help sex-trafficking victims need, how much support and understanding they need from the society.

In more develop countries we only just started talking abut the problem and what needs to be done to protect and help the victims to become part of the society again.

In the less developed countries trafficking is treated more like a business than a crime. Virtually no one cares for the victims who are often blamed for their misfortune.

IT’S NEVER THE VICTIM’S FAULT.

Yes, some people can be a bit naive. Yes, some parents sell their small children to the traffickers. But never any of the victims choose to be trafficked.

In my opinion, alongside much stricter punishment against traffickers, also victims inclusion programs should be created, as well as social awareness campaign introduced.

Without this awareness the society won’t be able to understand that trafficking is not a choice. It is an outrageous and disgusting crime against humanity and the victims of trafficking are not outcasts and need to be included in the society again.

Porn.

Porn is an immensely profitable business. There are researches showing that $3000 is spend on porn every second, only in the USA.

The Internet obviously has helped the porn industry in an enormous way, making the accessibility virtually limitless. It is literally full of porn or pornographic pictures with naked women, showing off their breasts, backs and fronts. And I’m talking here only about the adverts (or pop-up windows) that can be found on many non-porn related websites.

It’s not like few celebrities didn’t have their input using porn tapes as PR tools. I personally think that whoever believes that porn video is the best way to launch a career is seriously sick and a danger to both, the society values and young people.

Thanks to those ‘celebrities’ a lot of kids think that recording a porn video is the best way to become rich and famous.

In my opinion porn is crude and offensive, degrading  on many levels to anyone who is involved in it, directly or not. So, the pornographic adverts, the porn, celebrities doing porn have huge influence on our kids.

Porn has nothing to do with love and respect.

There is only so much we, parents, can do to limit our kid’s access to the Internet. But how can we limit pornographic adverts, often exploiting women bodies? We can’t.

That power is only with certain people behind the computer screens, the owners and administrators of the websites, also the ones dropping these kinds of adverts by Google. They would have to be willing to mend the situation.However, as I said before, pornographic adverts bring lots of money and Google has serious problem with “losing” any kind of profit.

The other question that bothers me a lot is how can we teach little boys to respect women if there are so many disrespectful messages about women out there for them to look at and absorb?

Besides, the relationship between pornography and human trafficking is staggering. Loads of pornographic movies features trafficked victims, both kids and adults. In my opinion the porn business justifies the human trafficking in many ways.

If you are one of those people who watches porn think twice next time before downloading the movie. Think about the girls and boys that are in the movie, as the chances that the “actors” had in fact been trafficked victims are huge.

 

“Blood Born Connections” for FREE on Amazon this Sun. (14th. July)

Dear all,

This Sun. (14thJuly 2013) I’m making my book “Blood Born Connections” available for FREE on Amazon UK & US

Book description

Fifteen-year-old Tatiana leaves an orphanage in Czechoslovakia with four other girls for a new start in America, where they are promised a better life.Less than a month later, Tatiana and the others are forced into prostitution. Blood Borne Connections is a fictional thriller about the Mafia, human sex trafficking, and the ability to survive against all the odds. When a Mafia boss discovers some of his men are involved in sex trafficking children, he secretly instigates a Mafia war to cleanse his organization.

In the middle of the killings, some good police officers and civilians vow to find the girls hidden in brothels all over California. They are prepared to go to any length to free them and to stop this from happening again. At the heart of this story is the injustice that so many suffer, especially children, at the hands of those seeking to exploit the innocent.

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Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Tatiana leaves an orphanage in Czechoslovakia with four other girls for a new start in America, where they are promised a better life.

Less than a month later, Tatiana and the others are forced into prostitution. Blood Borne Connections is a fictional thriller about the Mafia, human sex trafficking, and the ability to survive against all the odds. When a Mafia boss discovers some of his men are involved in sex trafficking children, he secretly instigates a Mafia war to cleanse his organization.

In the middle of the killings, some good police officers and civilians vow to find the girls hidden in brothels all over California. They are prepared to go to any length to free them and to stop this from happening again. At the heart of this story is the injustice that so many suffer, especially children, at the hands of those seeking to exploit the innocent.

How to find time in the modern world?

The time, or being precise finding the speeding time has been on my mind for some time now. It is most probably related to a very busy time at home and at work I’m going through. But it can also be related to my social media activities.

Social media is everywhere and you can access your social accounts and/or email accounts from almost any place now.

All the technology at hand should make our life easier, more enjoyable and more accessible.

However, it feels to me that the advanced technology has made the society struggle for time to spend with their families, time to relax or just chill out after a long day at work.

Yet there are so many devices we have to have and so many websites we need to access right away, and so many tweets to send a day. Is there a limit to what we can physically do?

I do understand that both, human body and mind are able to adjust fast but when we do rest, where we can rest? Do we even know how to rest anymore? My mind is constantly at work. Even when I physically don’t do much, on the internal level I’m working 24/7.

Often by the time I’m done with all the social media in the evening, I’m simply too tired to carry on a grown up conversation in the evening or even to concentrate properly on a movie for that matter.

My time is pretty limited so I usually try to do as much as possible when I have spare few minutes.  However, the bottom line is that without finding the right balance between family and work we get burn out way too quick and most of our efforts are in vain.

So, I’m on a quest now to find the right balance. At the end of the day the thing I’m trying to accomplish is rather like running a marathon than a 100m sprint.