This story began as a fun side project – a combination of two loves – writing and The Sims 3. However, as I continued writing about Kass’s life, I decided to use The Sims as a medium through which I could discuss hard topics. My intention is not to start a heated debate or argument, to coerce involvement, or to upset readers with sensitive content. My goal is to provide awareness through a fictional platform about real-world issues.
I realize Sims game players, otherwise known as Simmers, come from all age groups and walks of life. Some of my chapters contains adult content such as, but not limited to, sexual innuendo, sexual situations, sexual exploitation, prostitution, drug or alcohol abuse, domestic, child, and sexual abuse, child or forced labor, violent crime, language, and other issues of injustice. These chapters are intended for a mature audience.
Please don’t be deterred from reading because you want to avoid these subjects or topics. The bulk of my chapters do not tackle sensitive or disturbing material and the ones that do always have a warning posted at the top.
Often, you can read part of the chapter without encountering sensitive material. In this case, I will post a warning mid-chapter.
Human trafficking is defined as “…the acquisition of people using force, deception, or coercion with the intent to exploit” and is a $150 billion dollar industry affecting 30 million people worldwide (NotForSaleCampaign.org). The industry exploits men, women, and children from all socioeconomic backgrounds and all over the world, including within the United States. There are many organizations around the world trying to advocate for the enslaved, rescue and reintegrate victims, provide education and awareness, and fight for more legal recourse.
For more resources, facts and statistics, and ways to get involved in the fight against human trafficking, please visit the following organization websites:
- International Justice Mission ijm.org
- Not For Sale Campaign notforsalecampaign.org
- Polaris Project polarisproject.org
TheMuse.com offers an excellent 3-part article series on human trafficking.
- Part 1 – Human Trafficking: The Myths and the Realities
- Part 2 – The Fight for Freedom: 7 Organizations Combating Human Trafficking
- Part 3 – Take Action: 7 Ways You Can Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking
For the 2014 report from the U.S. Department of Labor on and a List of Goods of Produced by Child or Forced Labor (listed by country), please click here.
The U.S. Department of State provides a list of 20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking