In life my name was Sophia Lucia Cruz. In death it is simply missing girls. Not even singular, but plural, as if there was never one single part of me that was unique or separate from all the other girls that were buried in that harsh Mexican dirt; victims of circumstance, irrevocable choices, and just plain bad luck. If I still had the capacity to cry, I would, because it is that sad and tragic. But, when the knife slid deep into my belly and the blood gurgled at the base of my throat, I knew that tears wouldn’t save me and they won’t change my story now. . .
Sophia Cruz was an average 17-year-old girl from Mission Valley, until the day she had a knife put to her stomach and fear inserted into her heart. Some may have called it stupidity. She called it a necessary sacrifice. Why else would she leave everything behind and walk arm in arm with the devil into the world of sex trafficking and human imprisonment? This is Sophia’s story. She wants you to know who she was before that day. Before she became just another missing girl.
Missing Girl is a powerful, provocative story that explores the depths of familial love, and the horrors of the human trafficking epidemic that plagues our global community. Sophia’s story is a fictional account of what so many real-life women and children experience every single moment of their lives when they are forced into sexual slavery and imprisonment.
Note to Reader: Missing Girl is a short novella that is the first of two stories that are part of a human trafficking fiction series. The full-length novel that continues the story, 60 Days, is due to release in the 2016.