Deadly Traffic: Novel meets Reality

I wrote my mystery novel, Deadly Traffic, after I learned about criminal abuses of Visa programs that are used to bring foreign workers to the United States. Most people are aware of issues connected to illegal immigration but not the underside of immigration fraud within the legal visa programs. Seemingly legitimate corporations have recruited and brought in workers through legal channels, only to enslave them on arrival. Some of the workers who are caught in this system are sold to human traffickers, the women often into the sex trade. Other workers are forced into jobs that are nothing like what they were promised and given subsistence wages or no payment at all. Many have been locked up and treated exactly like slaves.

Since my protagonist is a high school teacher, you might wonder how she’d ever be involved with immigration fraud or human trafficking. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Kendra Desola from my first novel, School of Lies, the answer lies with Kendra’s workplace, an urban public high school. Like my fictional character, I taught in such places for many years. High school teachers deal with a lot more than the curriculum and we encounter many social evils that keep us awake at night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a stretch to have a few of the female students disappear from campus.

A few days ago, I went to the high desert in California, to a tiny city which seemed far from the harsh realities of urban life. And the day after I arrived, this article appeared in their local paper:

Yes, I write fiction and in this case, I wish everything in my book was fiction.


~ by mickeyhoffman on August 12, 2012.

4 Responses to “Deadly Traffic: Novel meets Reality”

  1. It seems as if nothing a writer can imagine even comes close to the truth of what is going on in the world. People keep saying we humans are evolving into a higher spiritual awareness, but I don’t see it. Inhumanity seems rampant.

  2. There’s more of this than one would think, and not just among foreign guest workers. Locally, we’ve had a young woman disappear, just last week. Horrible to contemplate.

  3. Interesting and an up to date topic for today to base fiction on.

  4. I’d love to meet Kendra again and this sounds a wonderful book and a perfect vehicle for her. It ought to be amazing that this happens in real life, but maybe truth is crueller as well as stranger than fiction.

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