Corban Addison, a lawyer and author, discussed his book, A Walk Across the Sun: Abolishing Modern Slavery, on Tuesday, March 26, at Burt Kahn Court. His novel is based on his travels to India, Europe and Washington, D.C., where he spent time with experts and activists in the human rights field.
Addison spoke about how people think of the emancipation of blacks when they hear human slavery. Very rarely do people think of the modern day issue, where there are at least 20 billion slaves in the human trafficking industry today. He also gave us a lot of eye-opening facts such as, the average age of entrance into prostitution in the United States is 13-15 years old. There is an estimated 2 million children, under the age of 18, in the global sex trade- 100,000 of those are American children.
Corban wanted to humanize and personalize this cause. In the summer of 2008, Addison’s wife gave him an idea that he found irresistible—a novel on the global trade in human beings. He had nothing but the idea. No publisher, no agent, no one to help. He explained how he had a strong sense that he would regret it if he didn’t take the chance. Addison needed to gain help from people who didn’t know him and had no reason to help. To his surprise, many people said yes and wanted to help once they heard what he was doing.
Originally, Corban had the idea that he would write a story of hope. A story that showed we could get out of this. However, he just uncovered more and more darkness the deeper he went into the issue. He started asking: Where is the light? Is there really hope?
Addison tells the story of two Indian girls who are orphaned by a tsunami and kidnapped into the world of sex slaves. This fictional novel gives the reader a glimpse of what happens in this world.
I came to this speaker because I had just read my part of Half the Sky. Half the Sky gives real life accounts of women and girls forced in to prostitution. After leaving this speaker, I decided I wanted to read his book. I am interested to see how his story relates to the stories told in Half the Sky.