Darter is the author of two successful mystery-suspense-thriller series. First is the Los Angeles private investigator Ben Malone series with five books so far, and second, the T.J. O’Sullivan series in which T.J., a New Zealand expat, works as a private investigator in Hawaii. Darter is a retired police officer and veteran of U.S. Navy and Army Reserves. His background gives deep credibility to his fictional works.
Let’s take a look at his upcoming Live Long Day in the Ben Malone series which is an exploration of child sex trafficking. Larry says in his blog post about Live the Long Day, “During my career as a street cop, child prostitution was something I rarely encountered. While I did encounter prostitutes regularly, they were typically adult women, most of whom it seemed had turned to prostitution to support a drug habit.”
Sadly in recent years, child prostitution problem has grown dramatically. Darter says in his blog, “I learned that the child prostitution in cities like Los Angeles, the setting of the Malone Novels, is a real and growing problem. Los Angeles County law enforcement officials and the social services agencies who deal with the problem on a daily basis describe the child prostitution problem in Los Angeles as part of a growing nationwide epidemic. Young girls, some as young as 11-years-old are coerced into a life that will forever leave them emotionally scarred.” Read more at Darter’s blog about Live Long Day.
Although Darter is writing about Los Angeles, child prostitution and sex trafficking is a problem in southern Arizona as well. Here are two sources from Tucson.com and KGUN 9 TV to inform you of our local problem. Tucson.com KGUN9 TV
In his blog, Darter introduces us to the work of Dr. Lois Lee, a leading expert in rescuing child sex trafficking victims. She is founder and president of Children of the Night, a nonprofit dedicated to “rescuing children and young people from prostitution worldwide.”
Darter wrote Live Long Day with the express intention of raising awareness of this serious criminal problem affecting our children. He is dedicating a portion of royalties earned on Live Long Day as a donation to Children of the Night. Darter says, “My intent is not to foster a sense of hopelessness–I want us to get angry about a problem that strips hope from our most vulnerable citizens. Children are the future of our nation.”
That’s a sentiment we can all support. And we get to read a terrific mystery book in the process!
Larry Darter's blog: http://www.larrydarter.com/child-prostitution-and-the-live-long-day-novel/
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