Maria Landon

www.marialandon.co.uk

Daddy’s Little Earner

daddys little earner.jpg 2On publication in January 2008 the hardback of Daddy’s Little Earner went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller top ten chart. The paperback also went straight into the top ten.

The book has been a huge success and far outreached my expectations but my prayer is that the more people who buy these books, the more we start to talk about child abuse and the long term effects it has. This is not an easy book to read but unfortunately my experiences are not unusual. The sex industry in the UK is estimated at being worth £1 billion involving 80,000 women. Trafficking in women is the second largest global organized crime today, generating approximately US$12 billion a year.There are 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide. Stats from: http://www.thea21campaign.org/
The statistics are overwhelming but every story is different but equally as distressing. The effects of childhood sexual abuse are devastating but I hope by sharing my story I can inspire people to believe that there is a way out of the pain and that they can reclaim their life.

Sypnosis
The story of a young girl forced into prostitution by her own father, and her painful journey to escape her horrific childhood and build a new life for herself and her sons. Maria’s dad was a pimp, living in a world of thieves and street-walkers. Her mother, tiring of turning tricks for her husband, walked out, leaving the children in his chaotic, violent and sometimes cruel care. By the age of nine, Maria’s father was abusing her and getting a prostitute friend to dress her up in stockings and make-up. By the time she was fourteen he was selling her on the streets of the red light district in Norwich. Despite everything Maria still loved her swaggering and sometimes charming father and found it hard to sort out her own feelings. At fifteen she ran away to King’s Cross with an older lover who turned out to be just another pimp. Furious at losing a nice little earner her father involved the police and both he and the other man were jailed for living off Maria’s immoral earnings. Only then could Maria escape her traumatic childhood and follow her dream of becoming a mother.

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One response to “Daddy’s Little Earner

  1. Rhianna Easlick says:

    Dear Maria,

    We are a group of students making a documentary on human trafficking and how people cope. During our research we found your poem ‘Cleansing’ on http://www.gatheredvoices.com and it touched us all. After trying to contact you we found your facebook and discovered your books. We would love for you to be apart of this project as you have a very honest and compassionate voice on that subject matter. We believe it would be the best way to emotionally engage our audience and raise awareness.
    Thank you for your time and consideration and we would love for you to be involved in any way you feel comfortable.

    kind Regards,
    Rhianna Easlick

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