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Pamela Rigdon Shares a Wonderful Novel Inspired by the True Story of Iana Matei


“I Kidnap Girls: Stealing From traffickers, Restoring Their Victims” is a novel inspired by true events. It depicts the story of a woman and her work, rescuing victims of human trafficking and restoring them to live in a dignified manner, away from slavery and forced prostitution.

This is the story of Iana Matei, a courageous woman fighting to free victims of the human sex slave industry. Iana Matei, a once battered, imprisoned woman, escaped from Romania in the 1980’s and spent 10 years carefully constructing a better life for herself and her young son, halfway around the world. This life was interrupted by a single phone call that would eventually lead to the rescue of over 700 victims of forced prostitution.” The book reads like a novel and is classified as a fictionalized version of real characters and real events. In order to protect the identity of the victims details of dates, times, and places have been scrambled to protect those forced into prostitution. The girls’ characters are also composite characters to further protect the girls’ identity.

The author, Pamela Rigdon wrote this book as her way of contributing to Iana Matei”s work with survivors of human trafficking. Iana’s story is worth telling and Pam Rigdon considers it an honor to do so. The book doesn’t delve into the issue of human trafficking from the perspective of how it should be handled by law enforcement and aid workers. Instead, it approaches these from the perspective of how these affect the work that Iana does. Matei also educates employees and volunteers working in refugee centers, on how to identify vulnerable Ukrainians in danger of being trafficked.

All profits from this inspiring page turner go to fund Iana Matei’s work in Romania.

Book copies are available at Amazon ( and other online book retailers.

I Kidnap Girls: Stealing From traffickers, Restoring Their Victims
Written by Pamela Rigdon
Published by Proisle Publishing LLC
Published date: October 21, 2022
Paperback Price: $11.99
Hardcover Price: $28.95
Kindle Price: $2.99

About the Author
Pamela Rigdon, author of Sock Hunting And Other Pursuits, The Working Mother, and various magazine articles, lived and worked in Romania from 1993-2001, where she managed the Lydia magazine office in Bucharest, and worked with a humanitarian foundation serving abandoned children. It was there that she became exposed to the underworld of child prostitution and witnessed the role Iana Matei played in bringing down some of the most notorious sellers of minor-aged girls in Eastern Europe. Pam currently lives in Milwaukie, Oregon where she continues to write. She also has three grown children living in different parts of the country who provide her with wonderful places to visit.

Iana Matei is a Romanian activist who founded Reaching Out Romania, a safe house for victims of forced Prostitution Whether speaking to the US State Department, the European Commission on Trafficking, The United Nations Human Development Global Forum, or to one abused, frightened girl, Iana brings the same convincing message: “Trafficking is not OK and it’s up to us to do something about it.” Designated by Reader’s Digest European Of The Year 2010, awarded the Abolitionist Award by the House of Lords in 2007, and declared a hero by the US State Department in 2006, these are not the rewards Iana prizes. The one she does prize is when a girl reclaims her personhood and her self-respect. Iana continues her work to this day where she lives in Romania with her son and two adopted daughters.

To donate to Ms. Matei’s work in Romania go to: Safe Place Supporting Survivors Of Human Trafficking

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