By Emilie Ng
MOST teenagers don’t spend all their spare time on a mission to share the disturbing truth of human trafficking and child sex abuse.
But Chiara Keady is not most teenagers.
The 15-year-old Brigidine College student has spent the past six months writing a fictional novel on human trafficking.
More than 2000 people have read the book on online application Wattpad.
The book, I Will Fight For You, was inspired by a social justice assignment where she chose to research cases of young girls who are trafficked and used as sex slaves.
“After the assignment was finished, the issues just stuck in my head,” Chiara said.
“I knew I needed to do something about it.”
Chiara decided to match her love of writing with her new-found passion to take a stand against human trafficking and write her first novel.
The book’s protagonist is Robert Fisher, a young Christian who believes he was born to rescue girls from sex trafficking.
Robert’s older sister Julie was sexually abused at 16 and became paralysed after being thrown down three flights of stairs.
After Julie’s accident, Robert decides to donate to organisations that help save girls from the sex industry, and soon becomes a volunteer rescuer himself.
While rescuing young girls from one particular brothel, Robert meets Emma, and the two begin to learn the meaning of unconditional love.
Chiara said the reality of human trafficking broke her heart numerous times while writing her book.
“I felt saddened by what I was writing, because it is sad and it is real,” she said.
“I was crying while I was writing.”
The book’s title was inspired by Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”.
“My first thought concerning human trafficking is that someone has to fight for them, protect them,” Chiara said.
She said in her book that it wasn’t just Rob fighting for the young girls.
“It’s about how he brings God into this work, how the girls find healing by finding God,” she said.
“I think it’s an important part of healing because you know that someone loves you, someone will fight for you.
“Faith to me is when I am hurting, I know there is always someone to turn to, someone who is always there, something to hold on to, and to me, that’s God.”
Chiara hoped anyone who read her book would see the truth about human trafficking, and even be open to believing in God.
“Friends have converted from nothing to Christianity from reading this book,” she said.
I Will Fight For You can be found on www.wattpad.com.