Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Call for Help

by Donna K. Weaver

Sometimes, as writers and authors, we have opportunities to give voice to social causes. We have connections with people--both in person and online--that we can use to help bring attention to an issue.

That's what this post is about today.

In my day job, my office is a passport acceptance facility. As part of the oath we give people, there's reference to something the federal government calls "sex tourism." I'd never heard of it and eventually had to look it up.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as (bolding is mine):
the act of travelling to another country
for the purpose of paying to have sex, especially with children

Um ...

Then I saw on the evening news a report about Operation Underground Railroad and I actually heard the term sex tourism on TV. Not long after that, I read a magazine article that also talked about the work of this organization.

Since hearing about this situation, I haven't been able to the plight of these children out of my mind. Now that I knew about it, I couldn't just sit around and do nothing.

I'm proud to say that I'm now an Abolitionist.

And I'm not alone.

Laura Johnston and I have worked with other authors, including many members of the iWriteNetwork family, to host a campaign to raise money to help fund a rescue mission. The idea was to invite authors to donate books as rewards for people who donate to O.U.R.

This is when Authors United Against Child Slavery was born.

 Give freedom. Get a book
  • Donate $20 to receive a free book from a participating author (book prizes selected at random).
  • Donors of $40 or more will receive two free books, a series, or a bundle (selected at random as well). 
Operation Underground Railroad, working with the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, is a project of Child Rescue Association of North America, a nonprofit organization. Therefore, all donations are tax deductible. 
The response has been amazing! Hundreds of books have been donated. 

Now we need to find homes for all of those books.
Can you help spread the word?

Donate to O.U.R.: Authors United Against Child Slavery Campaign Page
Sign Up Form for Authors and book bloggers who wish to help


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