Please join us in welcoming Kate Lowell to Sinfully today as part of the blog tour for her upcoming release Flesh Market.
Hi, I’m Kate Lowell! Thanks for joining me on the Flesh Market tour, or what I’ve come to call “The blog tour that will forever make you question your view of the world around you”. I know it did that for me. Tons of research that went into this book. So many books, so many articles, and over the course of the tour, I’m going to share some of that research, and some of my sources with you. (Please be gentle—it was extremely difficult to condense all that info down to a reasonable sized blog post for each topic. I could have gone on ad nauseum—and honestly, some of the reading was nauseating.) One lucky winner will get to choose any one book from the ones I’ve highlighted through the tour, and I’ll send it to them.
(Caveat: I won’t necessarily send the cheapest version of a book, but I do need to keep my pocketbook in mind. And some books may only be available used, or in electronic format. We’ll talk when you win.)
Post 7 – The Cost of Cheap Stuff
Not all slavery is sex slavery. I know, it’s the one we hear the most about. Shocking, salacious, and—the way the news presents it—ever so titillating. Click bait at its finest.
But in all the furor over sex slavery, there are other kinds which get edged out of the spotlight, and which are just as destructive. Two different major categories exist, though I’m sure there are others that I’ve missed.
Domestic slavery: household work, child care, any domestic duties. I’ll deal with this in another post.
Labor trafficking: Those cheap fruits and vegetables and flowers that you get at the grocery store may be cheap because the people picking them are working eighteen hour days, not getting paid, and are being forced to work without breaks and minimal time for food and water. Those who run are beaten and—in some cases—killed. (I know, I couldn’t believe it either, but I found references in several places, so there’s that…)
One story I read was about a young man who had been lured from his home with the promise of a job and schooling, but ended up working long days, 7 days a week, looking after and picking those long-stemmed roses that we love to give each other on Valentines. His fingers were often torn and bloody, because the roses are not naturally thornless, but still he had to work.
The garment industry, as well, is often complicit in this sort of pitiful wages/long hours/company store type of deal. We’ve all heard stories of sweatshops, and it’s nice to believe that they no longer exist, but the reality is—they only change their homes.
It’s hard to tell where product is coming from, or how it was produced. This is why there are certification agencies such as Fair Trade (www.fairtrade.net), who are attempting to level the playing field a little, and ensure that people who produce what we consume are paid a living wage, in conditions that are both safe and secure.
Recommended Read: Human Trafficking around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/023116145X/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_ca-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641
Author ~ Kate Lowell
Publisher ~ Loose Id
Due for Release ~ 10th November 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary Crime Thriller M/M Romance
Special Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers.
But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.
Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture—and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.
There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.
Inside the bathroom, DeGraff peered behind the door and moved an OUT OF SERVICE FOR CLEANING sign from the back to the front.
Julian was at the sink at the far end of the room, staring into the mirror with water dripping off his face. DeGraff stepped into one of the stalls, and Leo went to wash his hands at one of the other sinks. Julian glanced up at him, then tore off some paper towel and wiped his face dry. He tossed the towel in the overflowing garbage can and slunk past Leo with all the angsty self-consciousness of a hormonal teenager.
Leo wished he had time to appreciate the performance, but he had a job to do. As Julian passed him, Leo spun and grabbed him from behind, pinning Julian’s arms to his side and covering his mouth. Julian made a startled noise, muffled by Leo’s hand, and began to thrash. He kicked Leo painfully in the shin, but by then DeGraff was out of the stall and had jabbed his syringe into Julian’s shoulder. Leo fought the young man down to the floor while DeGraff stood watch by the bathroom door. Five tense minutes later, Julian was completely spaced out, limp as a rag in Leo’s arms.
Meet Kate Lowell
Kate lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. She has one horse now, who still has medical issues, and three cats, all of which still have mental issues. She still refuses to get a dog, because who knows what would be wrong with it?
Kate loves to read and write. She also likes playing with computers and is going back to school to do a programming degree, just for giggles. Or the opportunity to take over the world. (Oh, who are we kidding? Think of all the work that would mean.) She also likes pictures of pretty men and keeps many of them on her computer. (The pictures, not the men.) She would dearly love a cabana boy to mow her lawn and maybe rub her shoulders after a long day of making men fall in love with each other, then cackling evilly and raining frustration and danger on them.
Rafflecopter Prize: E-book copy of one of the recommended reads Kate used in her research for Flesh Market.