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Traffic School

Trafficking victims often feel trapped and forgotten. Thanks to the real-world St. Paul Hotel for standing in for the fictional Norra lekplatsen for these pictures. Also thanks to Joan,Nicole, and Caleb for posing for them.

Coming Soon – meantime, watch for blog posts about trafficking

A chance encounter with a young woman trapped in a bogus work-study program pits Principal Fraud Analyst, Jesse Jonsen, against a global human trafficking ring.

The trafficking industry generates billions of dollars, enslaves millions of people, and thrives by spewing lies across the internet. Jesse has an idea to fight back that just might work. But only if she survives. And confronts her own unresolved past.

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Who’s in Superbowl LII anyway? Who cares? Jesse Jonsen sipped her latte at the Manitou Coffee in the Minneapolis skyway and scrolled through pictures of jeans. This horrible week of sending suspicious activity reports into a law-enforcement black hole was finally over. Let the football crazies own downtown for the weekend. Maybe she would accept Mom’s standing offer to go to church in the suburbs with her Sunday morning, just to get away. Or maybe she’d sleep right through until Monday morning. She chuckled silently. Predators and perverts. This is the part of Superbowl week nobody highlights in the glossy brochures.

“Act like you know me. Please.”

Jesse looked up from her tablet.

Late teens. Tall. Native American maybe? And scantily dressed, which made no sense in early February in Minneapolis. Unless…

Interested in a real-world trafficking victim story? Read The True Story of Canadian Human Trafficking, by Paul Boge.