Trenton Alumnae Turns Spotlight on Human Trafficking


Submitted by Marcella McMillon Holmes

January is Human Trafficking Month. Human Trafficking in the African American community is rarely talked about, yet our daughters, sisters, nieces and friends are lured into the web of human trafficking in plain sight. On January 15, 2020 the Trenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s International Awareness committee and the Kilmer School of the Trenton Public School System hosted a virtual book club reading of “Anybody’s Daughter” by Pamela Samuels Young. “Anybody’s Daughter” won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction and was a Top Ten pick by In the Margins, the best books for at-risk teens.

Ms. Samuels Young discussed the reality of human trafficking in the Africa- American community. “Anybody’s Daughter” is the story of 15-year-old Brianna, good student, a little curious about boys and the niece of the infamous Dre Thomas. She begins an online friendship with a young boy named Jaiden and agrees to meet him one day, only to be snatched by two unknown men. Brianna’s family, friends and teacher don’t believe that she had run away from home. They take finding Brianna into their own hands.

More than 40 middle school students participated in the book discussion. Thirty -five books were donated by DonorChoose for the 7th- and 8th-grade English classes at the school. The students asked questions about learning the signs of a potential human trafficking relationship, how to support your friends in toxic relationships and who to ask for help. The students asked about her career as a writer and ways to self-publish a book.


Submitted by Marcella McMillon Holmes January is Human Trafficking Month. Human Trafficking in the African American community is rarely talked about, yet our daughters, sisters, nieces and friends are lured into the web of human trafficking in plain sight. On January 15, 2020 the Trenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s International Awareness …

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