“The love of money is the root to all evil, but poverty and wealth are its greatest companions…” ~ A.L. Smith

Human trafficking is often considered an international phenomenon and women from third world countries are the first images that come to mind. However, “familial human trafficking” is a more intimate crime due to the dynamics of the underlying relationships. Human trafficking is one of the largest criminal entities in the country today, second only to drug trafficking…200,000 cases reported each year. Abject poverty, visible obscurity and other socioeconomic disparities are contributing factors.

Behind Closed Doors 2 is the riveting tale of one little girl’s struggle to overcome circumstances beyond her control. Born and raised on the ruthless streets of East St Louis, Dana Toussaint was accustomed to a life of privilege, thanks to her father, a Haitian-born immigrant and notorious drug lord. Dana’s mother, a materialistic southern belle from South Louisiana, is consumed by the good life, as memories of her upbringing in an East New Orleans housing project become a distant memory.

In spite of the similarities between the Haitian and Louisiana Creole cultures, the marriage unravels and the unthinkable occurs when Dana’s father abruptly abandons the family. At the age of 12, Dana becomes the ultimate sacrifice and her mother brokers the deal.
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An absolutely beautiful read.”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Vanessa Kings

This book should come with a warning and a free box of tissues. It’s by far one the of the most heart-breaking stories that I’ve read lately; despite that, I loved it, because it was realistic, eye opener and thought provoking.
Dana’s life reflects the lives of so many other girls that have to face human trafficking and prostitution to make money that it won’t even go to them but to those abusing them. And it’s so much worse when the abuser is their own family.
Despite everything Dana had to live from a very early age, she manages to become a young woman with very clear ideals and goals, and that’s the thing that I loved most about this book, it brings hope that not everything is lost for victims of human trafficking and abuse.
With an exquisite writing style and delightful descriptions of Dana’s present and past, this book is one to keep, re-read and recommend. An absolutely beautiful read.

About the Author

Behind Closed Doors 2: Dana’s Story, the short film is coming soon!!!
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Dr. A.L. Smith read her first full-length novel (The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner) in the third grade and it spawned her passion for reading. According to Dr. Smith, the hallmark of a great story is the resounding presence of a character that transcends the final pages of the book.

Dr. Smith is a native Louisianan, (Frierson) Major in the Army Reserves, and a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She attended Grambling State University on a basketball scholarship and later joined the school’s Army ROTC program. Upon graduation in 1996, she became the university’s first Army ROTC cadet to receive a commission in the Army Nurse Corps. She’s a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with a Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree from Texas Wesleyan University. Her research study (“Evidence-Based Selection of Sedation Agents for Patients Undergoing Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography”) was selected for publication in the 2016 edition of the Journal of Gastroenterology Nursing issue 39 volume 2.

In 2010, she participated in humanitarian relief efforts during the devastating earthquake in Haiti and provided anesthesia services to a countless number of victims, many of whom were children. This experience would have a profound impact on her views concerning socioeconomic disparities here in the U.S. and countries abroad. Her second novel, Behind Closed Doors 2: Dana’s Story, was heavily influenced by her experience in Haiti.

She’s a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and takes seriously the organization’s motto “Service to all Mankind”. Her personal motto is “In as much as you’ve done to the least of the…”

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