Novel Highlights Plight of the Smallest Victims: Unborn Babies Targeted by Traffickers

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FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In a dark and unpublicized corner of the human trafficking world hides the tragic reality that pregnant women are being targeted by human traffickers.* While poverty-stricken mothers around the world sometimes make the choice to sell their own children, there’s an alarming trend of pregnant women being forced into giving up their babies.

The mothers are then either killed or further victimized by being forced into slave labor or, more frequently, the sex trade.

With the babies sold on the black market, the traffickers give a cut of the profit to corrupt doctors, lawyers, and border officials.** If not trafficked, the babies are often adopted by parents who believe they’re going through a legitimate agency. When this is the case, the adoptive parents and the children themselves never know that a crime has occurred.

In her new novel, The Flower Girls (Redemption Press), author J. C. Lafler tells the story of a battered pregnant woman who appears in a hospital’s emergency room about to give birth. She dies shortly after giving birth to triplets but the babies survive and are given flower names as the mother arrived wearing a bloody and torn flower-patterned dress. The story follows not only their lives as they are adopted legitimately by three separate families, but the years-long investigation of their mother’s death.

The author of seven previous novels, J. C. Lafler said God kept bringing a picture of triplets into her mind. She felt led to write a story to demonstrate that even in the most trying circumstances, faith can provide the strength to get through it. While the mother doesn’t survive her ordeal, her strong faith leads her to safety for her babies.

Her daughters learn the power of faith, and the role it played in their own survival. While the premise of her story is dark, the outcome offers hope. Lafler said, “The Flower Girls demonstrates how to use faith in God to get through even the worst challenges in life.”


**Shelley, Louise. Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

From a young age, J. C. Lafler wanted to be a writer, but she ended up in a government career that lasted nearly thirty-two years. Now retired, she spends her days writing about faith in God and enjoying puzzles, painting, and traveling. She and her husband, David, spend their summers in Portage, Michigan, and their winters in Missouri City, Texas. Her novels include Lost and Found, Amazing Grace, Hope Everlasting, A Leap of Faith, Finding Joy, Love Never Fails, and Love—What’s God Got to Do with It? All of her novels have been published by Redemption Press.

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Suggested Interview Questions

  1. We know that truth is often stranger than fiction. Did you draw on a real-life case history for inspiration for this plotline?
  2. How did you research the details of the detective and the murder investigation?
  3. This book follows the lives of the four main characters over decades. What was your method for keeping track of each individual timeline to keep them in sync?
  4. How difficult was it for you to write the scene of the pregnant woman being tortured?
  5. You say that you were inspired to write this book by the image of triplets that God gave you. Did you see a story about trafficking in that image?
  6. How did you become interested in researching human trafficking?
  7. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the writing and publishing process?
  8. Of all the books you’ve written, which one is your personal favorite?
  9. How do you define success as a writer?
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