As an author and an Impact Junkie, Laura is also a Board Member of the Southwest Louisiana Abolitionist group founded by Rusty Havens. Laura Aranda first became aware of human trafficking in her area in 2014 and wanted to somehow make a difference. That is the birthing place for the dream of Pushing Back the Darkness, her first faith based novel. She travels speaking about modern day slavery and the impact it has on our youth in America.
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Do you know the reason why Education and Awareness is so important?
- There are 45.8 million people stuck in modern-day slavery today. (
- 76% come from India ,China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. (Global Slavery Index)
- 78% are victims of labor trafficking. 22% are sex trafficking victims. (International Labor Organization)
- The average price of a slave today is just $90. In 1809, the average price was $40,000 in today’s market. (Kevin Bales)
- Modern-day slavery is a $32 billion dollar industry. (International Labor Organization)
Human trafficking is not new. It is old bondage of people selling people for a profit. Predators preying on vulnerabilities of the weak. This is a national problem. This corruption is destroying cities like Atlanta, Miami, Denver, Dallas, Seattle and Houston. This crime, hand in hand with drug and weapon trafficking is destroying families and lives of youth.
Buying and Selling happens all around us, and many of us turn a blind eye and choose to remain unaware. That is why I pick up the pen and write.
As I continue to educate others, God continues to order my steps.
I am now planning my second book, teaching principals of emotional healing and restoration. I will have a book line and a curriculum with Program training sessions that can be replicated across the nation in every city and church.
About Pushing Back the Darkness
Claire Sullivan has not been the same since the death of her parents, particularly the unsolved vicious murder of her father, Judge Patrick Sullivan. She finds some solace in the arms of her longtime boyfriend, Detective Cole Peretti, but even he cannot fill the void in her heart. In addition to her grief, she is plagued by reoccurring nightmares of a specific girl.
When she sees the girl featured on the news as a runaway foster child, Claire realizes there is more involved than sheer coincidence.
Spurred to action, she ventures down the grittiest streets of Houston, Texas, to find and rescue the girl from her nightmares—against Cole’s advice. Danger escalates when she comes face to face with the ugly truth of human trafficking and her limited ability to protect herself and those she loves the most.
When the unthinkable happens, will Claire surrender to her own will and refuse to forgive? Or is there still time to join other believers and push back the darkness through the power of prayer and spiritual warfare?
Pushing Back the Darkness is a riveting Christian thriller that addresses the realities of modern day slavery. It is an adventure you will not forget and a call to shine the light of Christ into your world.