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A window into the dark world of human trafficking

Lisa Becker's The Blue Door sheds light on the reality of human trafficking and toxic relationships.

A harrowing tale of love, deception and the realities of human trafficking has emerged from the pen of South African author Lisa Becker.

Lisa Becker, the vice-chairperson of HUGE Sustainable Development Association and the CEO of Firelion Media will make a second stop of her tour for her book titled The Blue Door in Alexandra on April 20.

The novel is inspired by real-life events, that aims to bring light to the prevalence of trafficking and abusive relationships in modern society.

In the novel Jessica Van Rooyen meets Dylan Armstrong in the bar where she works in London. After a few romantic dates and a couple of phone calls, she moves to El Paso, Texas. She soon finds nothing is like he promised, and he forces her into a business suite and all the artist flair in her soul is slowly snuffed out, until she meets Benjamin.

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Lisa and the scarf being read
Lisa and the scarf being read

Jessica has nighttime dreams that play out in real life, where she meets the people and goes to the places that she envisages. Benjamin has a tea store, with handmade items from around the world. Benjamin is a man of faith and he believes God was giving her instructions in the night and he guides her to discover what some of her dreams mean, which leads her to the border of Texas.

There, her eyes are opened to the level of human trafficking that is going on. After a marriage proposal and moving into a state-of-the-art house, Jessica has to choose between a man who can offer all the comforts of the world and a man who is challenging her to make a lasting impact and difference in the lives of many children worldwide.

As Jessica’s journey unfolds, readers are offered a chilling glimpse into the world of human trafficking, with Becker’s prose capturing the fear, desperation, and resilience of the women who are caught in this deadly web.

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The official launch of Lisa and the scarf
The official launch of Lisa and the scarf

Becker, a survivor of an abusive relationship herself, hopes that by sharing her story she can raise awareness about the dangers of toxic relationships and human trafficking.

“I wanted to create a story that would show women the red flags of a toxic relationship and also open the world’s eye to the human trafficking that is taking place every day right under their noses.

“This novel was written to inspire women to speak up. Women put up with subtle forms of emotional abuse until they lose themselves to please a man thinking ‘If I dull my shine he will shine brighter’.”

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