A little insight into this DUTY BOUND DUET

Intro: Sydney Jamesson answers the question: “Where do authors get their ideas from? for their books?


The idea for my latest books DUTY OF CARE and THE CARETAKERS came up in response to an article I read in early 2019. This article detailed the care for young girls in North West England and in other cities and towns across the country. I had a daughter of my own, now in her early thirties, and found the report shocking and repugnant. How could a group of men, mostly Asians, kidnap young girls as young as eleven, drug them, rape them, pimp other men and subject them to the most horrific sexual abuse without anyone noticing?

The answer was – they couldn't.

The authorities knew and the police knew, even the doctors and teachers of the girls who were asked for help by the girls knew. They did not take them seriously and rejected their claims either as fantasies of an overactive imagination or as attention-grabbing lies. The adults had a duty to protect the girls, and yet all they offered was incompetence and negligence!

It took a testimony from former detective Maggie Oliver, who became a whistleblower, to make the authorities aware of what was happening and to do something about it. At that point, some of the girls were dead and most of them damaged – physically and mentally.

After reading the article, I thought about these poor girls for days. As a teacher, I see teenagers every day and I can't imagine anything so infernal happening to them. I was encouraged to read more on the subject and intended to use what I had learned to teach my students a CPSHE (non-academic) lesson. The more I read, the more I realized that this wasn't an isolated incident. It's not just a national outrage: it was an international scandal.

I discovered that there is some form of modern slavery worldwide and the number of human trafficking victims worldwide was nearly 86,000 in 2018 – that's in a year! One in seven reported runways in the U.S. in 2018 was likely a victim of child trafficking. There are now almost four million victims of sex trafficking worldwide. Almost 99% of those affected are women and girls.

It's a billion dollar industry.

What is even more worrying is that international gangs are very well organized. They have networks all over the world in which “goods” can be transported across borders without anyone noticing. It is a fact that in the 90s, girls from the Far East, the Middle East, and from Eastern European countries like Romania and Latvia were seduced as beauticians and nannies with promises of jobs in Europe and America when they were really forced into prostitution and sexual slavery as a way to repay the cost of their flights. Most of the girls had paid back the cost of their plane tickets a hundred times before they were released.

When this trick began to fail, the human traffickers began to recruit their wares by other means. Today they use social media to lure unsuspecting women and girls into their web of corruption and exploitation by arranging meetings, blind dates and parties.

Traffickers use social media to recruit and control victims by restricting their access to social media, posing as victims, or spreading lies and rumors online to destroy their self-confidence and alienate them from their friends and families. As soon as they have who they want, they build brothels, bus their victims to hotel rooms and save their income through banks. Everything they do is willful, taking supply and demand into account.

Emily Parsons, like most people, has no concept of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in THE DUTY BOUND DUET. Why should she do that? She is a big money banker and lives a lifestyle that keeps her away from the shabby back streets of London. Only when she smooths the shiny veneer to reveal a dark underworld does she meet people who think young girls are nothing more than bargaining chips and goods that are rented out by the hour or sold to the highest bidders. When her sister Rita commits suicide, Emily hardly knows where the rabbit hole that her ally Robert Blackmoor has opened for her will lead. but all roads lead her back to her childhood and her first encounter with rats; human vermin that hunts young children.

When she was twelve, Emily learned to be independent and unforgiving. She had a duty of care towards the young girls who looked up to her, especially her sister Rita, and she was unwavering in her willingness to do whatever was necessary to get those responsible out of the way. Now that she's older, she still feels the same way.

When the Bhardi brothers and their co-workers meet Emily Parsons, they find, to their peril, that they have hit their match.



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