New Book Looks at Human Trafficking in Ireland - FreedomUnited.org

New Book Looks at Human Trafficking in Ireland

  • Published on
    July 10, 2017
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
    Anti-Slavery Activists, Human Trafficking
Hero Banner

Former Fair City actress Lisa Harding has released a novel about human-trafficking in Ireland. It is titled Harvesting.

Lisa Harding really didn’t know much about human-trafficking until a few years ago when she was asked to read some first-hand accounts as part of a campaign to combat sex-trafficking of minors.  Lisa, who played Connie in the soap, didn’t know that Ireland was actually a destination point for traffickers and sex tourists, and that the crime targeted girls as young as 12-years-old.

“I was haunted by what I read that day and the stories wouldn’t let go. I had been pretty naive about it occurring in Ireland. “I thought it was something that happened in Bangkok. It was just horrifying. I remember reading the first-hand accounts and feeling physically sick. I thought ‘how do these girls just disappear?’ I didn’t go searching for this topic. It just presented to me.”

She had the idea of a novel in her head and began to researched trafficking in Ireland.  She wrote the book in first person, present tense and titled it Harvesting.  It is the story of Sammy and Nico, a girl from Dublin and another girl from Moldova.

Lisa, after writing the first draft, contacted the Dublin-based NGO, Ruhama, and CCF Moldova—both work with victims—to  ask them for feedback on her book.

“Trafficking was so distressing that I didn’t want to think about it. Then, I couldn’t let it go. I didn’t censor it. I just wanted to tell the story. The CEOs of the NGOs were wonderfully helpful. People who work in the sector were really supportive. I didn’t sit there, thinking ‘Oh, this is going to fit into a particular publishing market.’ I accept that it is harrowing. I just wanted to write it.”

Lisa says that it is difficult to convey the horrors of trafficking through statistics. She is hoping her book will put a human face on the crimes against women.

Subscribe

Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

This week

Passing of CSDDD blocked – human rights in danger

What could have been a day to celebrate, has turned into a day full of disappointment. On February 28, 2024, the European Council blocked the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) after the vote had been postponed due to insufficient support, as reported by Reuters. Thirteen out of the 27 member states voted against the law or abstained from the vote, leaving the ‘qualified majority' of 15 countries short of one. A timeline of

| Wednesday February 28, 2024

Read more