Christopher Stollar is a former reporter with a master’s degree in journalism who works full time as a public relations consultant for Nationwide. He conducted more than three years of research on sex trafficking for The Black Lens, his debut novel that exposes the underbelly of trafficking in rural America. Stollar’s research includes interviews with survivors, social workers and police officers right here in Ohio. The author is donating 10 percent of his earnings from the book to nonprofit organizations that battle modern slavery.
The author is an active board member of Unchained, a nonprofit that uses artistic expression to raise awareness about human trafficking. In addition, Stollar is the Demand Reduction Coordinator for She Has A Name. That means he works directly with men who have been arrested for soliciting prostitutes through Columbus’ innovative John School program. When the author isn’t writing, reading or volunteering with anti-trafficking organizations, he loves spending time with his wife and two children in Columbus, Ohio. He also enjoys a good pint of dark beer.
For more information about Stollar or The Black Lens, please visit http://christopherstollar.com/.
Sex, Slavery and Literature
The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of forced labor and human trafficking. That’s almost double the number of Africans who were shipped to the New World between 1525 and 1866, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database. While the face of slavery has changed over the centuries, the same law of supply and demand has remained constant — resulting in more than $100 billion in illegal profits per year. In addition, some of the stories published in news outlets today about sex trafficking echo themes in classic works of slavery literature, such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. Learn how slavery has evolved over the centuries — including right here in Ohio — and what you can do to help end it today.