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Pamala Kennedy Chestnut’s More Than Rice exposes the shocking treatment of women in many Asian cultures through the evocative fictional portrayal of three women in a Malaysian brothel.
Gabriela Mendoza is only seventeen years old when she is captured in the Philippines and taken to Malaysia, where she is forced to work in a brothel. It is not only through the story of Gabriela and the other girls while they are in the brothel that is shocking to readers, but also the narratives of each of the girls who Gabriela meets, whose treatment and conditions before coming to the brothel represent lives of tragedy, all based in real cultural norms of other societies.
Perhaps the most heart-rending of all of the tales is that of Maylin, a Chinese girl whose arranged marriage results in disastrous consequences. Her sad tale begins before her birth, when her mother refused to have a sonogram, as many Chinese women of her era did—In hopes that the one child they were permitted would be a male. Although her mother accepts her as a daughter, her father remains bitter that she is female and Maylin is a great disappointment. Maylin’s family arranges a “very appropriate” marriage for her just before her seventeenth birthday, which will ostensibly restore honor to the family, as her parents hope for a grandson from an honorable family.
More Than Rice is a shocking expose’ both of human trafficking and the low regard in which women are held in many cultures. Through the abuses and injustices that her fictional characters endure, Chestnut raises awareness for the many women who are relegated to similar lives throughout the world, victims of their culture, providing readers with a thought-provoking social commentary.
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Modern-Day Slaves: Stories Repeat and Repeat
Tulsa, OK (Monday, February 14, 2011)
The U.S. Government describes victims of human trafficking in the starkest of terms:
“They are forced into prostitution, involuntary labor and other forms of servitude to repay debts – often entry in the United States. In certain cases, the victims are mere children. They find themselves surrounded by an unfamiliar culture and language without identification documents, fearing for their lives and the lives of their families.”
These victims are, essentially, modern-day slaves. The scene plays out repeatedly.
In the last seven days, these headlines made the news:
* Two Chicago brothers were sentenced to 4 years each after pleading guilty to sex trafficking
* A man in Westchester County, NY has been arrested and accused of transporting women for sex
* An El Paso, TX hotel owner was convicted of human trafficking
These horrifying acts are happening in our own country and around the world. This urgency led Pamala Kennedy Chestnut to write More Than Rice from M3 New Media.
More Than Rice tells the fictional story of a teenage girl kidnapped in Manila and sent to work in a brothel in Malaysia.
Kennedy Chestnut wrote the book to raise awareness of human trafficking. At the end of More Than Rice, Kennedy Chestnut offers simple and tangible ways your audience can become aware of human trafficking and help apply pressure to stop it forever.
Pamala Kennedy Chestnut is available for interviews to talk about human trafficking or react to stories in your local market.
To request a review copy of this book, please contact the publicist.
About Pamala Kennedy Chestnut
Pamala Kennedy Chestnut has been involved in speaking, mentoring and coaching young women for 30 years. She has also been a writer during that time, with her first title Where Have All the Lovers Gone? released in 1990. On deciding to write this book, Kennedy Chestnut said, “I feel it would be a moral failure to turn a blind eye to the growing scourge of human trafficking – not just around the world – but right under our own noses.”
- Online Petition Asks Qatar to Fight Human Trafficking in Advance of World Cup (bleacherreport.com)