ATLANTA—Human trafficking is a growing epidemic in the United States and across the world. As a response to this problem, neuroscience researcher and seasoned author Laura Otis has released her novel, “Clean”, a gripping story of an abused housekeeper who must overcome her inner fears to help women held at a cheap motel by human traffickers.
Abused as a child, Ginny lives an isolated life as a housekeeper at the Run-Rite Inn in a small Texas town. The inn’s manager, Jake, who knows every hinge on every door and the personality of every room, encourages Ginny to think beyond dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing. But little does she know that he has dreams beyond what the inn provides and will do just about anything to make them come true.
When Ginny sees signs that human traffickers are using the inn, she struggles with her intense fear of people, her desire for higher-paying work, and her past to bring the human traffickers and those involved to justice.
“I travel a great deal and have stayed in many inexpensive motels like the ones depicted in the book,” Otis said. “I’ve developed so much respect for the people who keep those motels running, especially the women who clean the rooms. I hope this book serves as a love letter to them for all they do!”
One Amazon reviewer praises “Clean”: “From the very first page, this observant hotel cleaning woman had me fixated. Her empathy and curiosity drive this harrowing story. I literally couldn’t put it down.”