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Launch of Ring Around Rosie at Waterstones
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Press Release For Immediate Release
19 March 2013
Young Adult Fiction Novel Alerts Teenagers to Dangers of Child Trafficking
The release of an extensive new report by The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) on 11th March 2013 exposes Britain’s failure to tackle human trafficking issues. It accuses ministers, police and social workers of a “shocking” failure to prevent the spread of modern day slavery in the UK.
“Child trafficking is a very real threat to all our children. Even if they’re not directly affected, children are likely to be faced with the growing problem at some point in their lives,” says Emily Pattullo, author of the new novel.
“Ring Around Rosie” is the story of this industry seen through the eyes of 14-year-old British teenager, Rosie, whose rebellious ways result in her falling into the hands of a gang of traffickers. Sold into prostitution, Rosie finds herself in the dark underbelly of London, surrounded by other children who have been trafficked into the country. She faces a dark future alongside her demons, whilst her brother Ted and student journalist Martha desperately scour the city to bring her home to safety before it’s too late.
The novel reached number 3 on Amazon’s bestseller list for Action & Adventure. It found itself in good company behind The Jungle Book and Treasure Island. It also reached number 3 on Teen’s Mysteries & Thrillers.
Emily Pattullo has written the novel, which was launched earlier this month at Waterstones, to alert teenagers to the dangers of child trafficking.
“Hearing Emily speak so passionately about her book and these issues makes me realise what a serious problem child trafficking is. I thought it only affected people from poorer countries. As a father of three girls, I now feel afraid for my children and it’s great that Emily has found a way of educating them about these issues through a fiction novel.” said Michael Simpson, a guest at the launch.
Despite larger cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford, Bristol, Portsmouth and Cardiff being the prime targets for traffickers, because of the diversity of cultures and relative anonymity, sources warn that smaller towns and cities should not disregard the dangers.
“It is widespread and is in all communities – people don’t know what’s right in front of them, or how to spot the signs.” Assistant Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, ACPO lead on Migration and Associated Matters, in evidence to the CSJ. (Taken from CSJ Report)
Notes to Editors:
The paperback edition of Ring Around Rosie was launched on the evening of 6th March, 2013, at Waterstones. All copies of the newly released paperback sold out, with further orders placed.
"Waterstones Dorchester was delighted to host the Launch of Emily Pattullo’s first novel. The book is an honest and gritty look at teen sex trafficking, aimed at the young adult market. Emily has dealt with a tough subject in an unpatronising and straightforward way while keeping the reader hooked. We all enjoyed the book very much at our store and wish Emily and Ring around Rosie every success." Jan Jaggard, Manager of Waterstones, Dorchester.
“Writing about issues such as child trafficking is no easy feat because it affects so many people, but what Emily has managed to do is write it in a way which is exciting and entertaining but also educates young people, which is why we are so pleased to be involved and supporting her.” Safiya, New Age Publishers.
Emily Pattullo, married with two children, lives near the coast of Dorset where she runs her own writing, copy-editing and proof reading business. She is currently promoting awareness of trafficking through talks and interviews.
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