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In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It

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“Nita Belles has been on the front lines in confronting human trafficking in America. As the title of In Our Backyard makes plain, modern day slavery is not just an international phenomenon involving victims who are smuggled into our country and others. Human trafficking is an enormous domestic problem as well, as Ms. Belles powerfully documents in her book. It should be required reading for all who are unaware of this tragic reality, as well as for all of us who already understand it as a fact.”

Rob McKenna – Former WA State Attorney General, and President of the National Association of Attorneys General

“In Our Backyard, a Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States is a real-life thriller-meets-action-packed documentary.  It contains vivid, disturbing examples and practical action steps that any follower of Jesus should take very seriously.  The book is a clarion call to the Church to open her eyes and realize the extent and severity of the issue we’re facing. ”

Bo Stern – Westside Church, Bend, OR

“The aptly titled In Our Backyard is superb, and does as much as any book could to shed light on how economic forces – greed and demand, and even advertising – propel trafficking. Belles shows conclusively how the fight against today’s slavery wouldn’t have been started without Christian good works and won’t be completed without them.”

Mark Lagon – Former U.S. Ambassador, and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP), former Executive Director and CEO of the Polaris Project, and Chair, International Relations and Security, and Visiting Professor, Georgetown University, MSFS Program

“I’m a retired deputy sheriff and training officer in the Pacific NW. I now do training for an anti-trafficking organization. I’m constantly looking for material to improve my trainings, as well as books or DVDs that I can suggest that I think will help people understand the nature, scope, and the wealth in sex and human trafficking. Nita Belles does this in a clear and understandable way in In Our Backyard. From first hand experience, from local areas to Super Bowls, she has accounts of what she has observed. The book contains a number of references to projects and individuals working in the field, with references or contacts. I will recommend it highly to interested individuals.”

Hans York – Retired Deputy Sheriff and Training Officer


“This book is a must read for anyone concerned about issues of justice and compassion in this generation. Sometimes books on this subject can understandably be filled with resentment and bitterness, or hopelessness and fatalism. Not so here. Though clear in exposing evil, there is no harshness in Belles’ tone. Her words are always marked by hope. I urge you to pick up this book. Once you start reading you won’t be able to put it down.”

David Joel Hamilton – Vice President for Strategic Innovation, University of the Nations, Youth with a Mission (YWAM)


“Nita Belles has done us a great favor. She not only addresses the sensational aspects of human trafficking in a clearly documented manner – she has the chutzpah to point out the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about”

Dr. Ted Roberts, CSAT CMAT – Bestselling author, pastor and clinical counselor; founder of Pure Desire Ministries International

“Many people assume slavery happens only in the developing world, but that’s a myth. In a heartbreaking book called In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States, Nita Belles details the shocking reality of forced labor and sex trafficking in the U.S. Read Nita Belles’ book In Our Backyard.

Lynne Hybels – Co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, author of Nice Girls Don’t Change the World

“Nita’s book is what propelled us forward and helped Willow Creek launch our own human trafficking ministry… it is growing and flourishing.”

Anne Rand – Willow Creek Community Church

” …Belles’ compelling accounts of the ‘slaves of the trade’ you will no longer be able to reject the inconceivability of something so atrocious happening ‘in your backyard.’ In this book, Belles gives a compelling, comprehensive account of the veracity of trafficking in the United States. The narratives are an eye opener—revealing the hardships and hopelessness of countless thousands of victims who are the commodity of this multi-million dollar industry. Shame on us!  Belles, for many years an advocate for domestic violence victims, now takes up the challenge of raising awareness about slavery and the crumbling social fabric of a society that closes its eyes to the horrific lives of the men, women and children who endure the heartbreak of human trafficking.  Her perspective is refreshing and a challenge for all who feel a tug at the heartstrings. Will we rise up and let our voice be heard? Will we be the ones who speak up? Belles provides the facts. The decision is yours!”

Gabriella Van Breda – Executive Director of World Impact Network, Board of Directors of Foursquare Foundation