Local author launches first trafficking book

An author from Lincoln, who has researched human trafficking and sex slavery in Europe, will be launching his first novel in the city this month.

The thriller book by David Zelder is called Yomping Outside and is based on his own research while looking into sex slavery and trafficking.

It centres around ex-Royal Marine Nathan Sawyer, who discovers that 12 women in Liverpool have been bought into the UK from Belgrade as sex slaves.

Nathan then devises a plan to rescue the other 11 girls and free them from those keeping them as sex slaves.

As part of Zelder’s research, he was saddened to discover that around 700,000 women and children are trafficked in the world each year, with 120,000 coming into Western Europe.

He said: “The Home Office estimates that up to 4,000 trafficked women are being forced into prostitution in the UK at any one time.

“The number of women working in the UK as prostitutes is difficult to calculate due to the clandestine nature of the work.

“But various informed calculations have been made, ranging from 80,000 to 100,000.”

The novel is on sale from September 8, but Zelder will be holding an official launch and book signing on September 22 at Cafe Portico in The Terrace.

Because the main character of the story is an ex-serviceman, £1 from every book sale will be donated to The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

To find out more about the official launch and the book, see Zelder’s website.