The overwhelming majority of U.S. military members serve our country with honor and integrity. Many risk their lives on a daily basis to protect and defend not only our great nation and people, but also the nations and peoples of the world. I have had the honor and privilege to serve with the men and women of the U.S. Navy for the majority of my life, and I can say without reservation that they are the most amazing, dedicated, and courageous people you will ever meet.
This book is not about them.
This book is instead about the practices of the commercial sex industry near a few overseas U.S. military bases, and how a small number of servicemen have been lured into participating in this evil business.
A Few Bad Men will present a brutally accurate account of sex trade operators near some of our overseas locations, and of U.S. servicemember’s participation in their exploitation of sex-trafficked victims and forced prostitutes. While most people are no doubt familiar with the tales of foreign prostitutes and our servicemen stationed overseas, few are likely aware of the extent to which sex traffickers are operating just outside our base gates, or of the physical and psychological damage inflicted upon the victims of their appalling business.
Weaving together a wide variety of sources – case reports and field research from international organizations, U.S. State Department reports, recent military cases involving human trafficking and prostitution, interviews of servicemembers and victims, and personal anecdotes - A Few Bad Men will expose this outrageous business and its destructive consequences to not only the victims and their families, but also to the reputation of our military forces abroad and to the strategic interests of the United States.
Why Tell This Story?
Unfortunately, there exists a subculture near some of our overseas military that not only condones sexual depravity but revels in it. Near bases and liberty ports in The Philippines, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and many others, sailors and soldiers are lured into engaging in reprehensible behavior with prostitutes and victims of sex trafficking. While senior military leadership and the majority of servicemembers are repulsed by this ugly business and are committed to ending its operations, it still continues to infect the morality and behavior of a few servicemembers.
The primary purpose of writing A Few Bad Men is to expose this abhorrent business and document the destructive consequences to both the victims and to the reputation of the United States abroad. My hope is that this will lead to a discussion about how to bring this repugnant behavior and the subculture that enables it to an end.
However, there is a second and equally worthy purpose for writing this book. There is a disturbing epidemic of sexual misconduct currently sweeping through our military. In the fiscal year ending in September 2013, more than 5,000 sexual assault complaints were filed, a 60% increase over 2012, when 3,374 were filed!
Why is this happening? Some DoD representatives deny the numbers represent an actual increase, instead suggesting the rise is due primarily to increased reporting while the number of incidents has remained relatively steady.
Perhaps this excuse accounts for some of the increased reporting, but it leaves unanswered the far more important question. Why are there so many incidents occurring in the first place? An anonymous survey conducted in early 2013 indicated that as many as 26,000 service members encountered some type of unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault!
The second purpose of this book is to illustrate the link between this subculture of depravity and the behavior of some servicemembers when they are at work. Any person who believes it is ok to victimize young girls who are forced into prostitution by poverty and hopelessness (or even trafficked into it), quite obviously has a lack of respect for all women. Of course he is going to carry that lack of respect and his objectification of women into the workplace, and then treat his female coworkers with the same lack of respect.
By exposing this destructive subculture, I hope to help bring an end to the epidemic of sexual misconduct in our military.
With your help, I can complete A Few Bad Men by the end of 2014. My ambitious schedule of completing the book and preparing it for publication in early 2015 can only be met if I raise my minimum goal of $25,000. This amount is necessary to pay for the additional research needed to finish the book, as well as the publication, marketing, and distribution expenses necessary to release it.
If I do not reach the minimum goal, I will still complete the book and publish it, but the dates will almost certainly be delayed.
If I am fortunate enough to surpass this goal, I will use the additional funds to enhance the production value of the book and pay costly editing, marketing, and distribution expenses.
I have a large selection of rewards and gifts available for anyone who makes a pledge to help get this book written. Here are a few examples of some of the great rewards available:
- Have your name appear in a special “Thank You” section on the book’s website or in the credits.
- Get access to a pre-release digital download of the completed book.
- You can even host an exclusive discussion in your community with me present to discuss the book as well as human trafficking and answer questions.
The timescale I have set for the delivery of rewards is a rough estimate and I will do all I can to get them to you at the indicated time. Delivery of some of the rewards, however, could directly be affected by delays I may encounter while completing the book. Please rest assured that all rewards will be delivered and I will do my upmost to send them to you as soon as possible.
Additional information about rewards:
- Travel, lodging and local transportation to hosted discussions are not included in any reward bundle.
- Some rewards may require additional paperwork (to protect me and you).
- The distribution schedule is not finalized, but Indiegogo backers at $25 and above will receive a digital version approximately one week prior to the official release.
Other Ways to Help
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Editors, Publishers, and other Media Organizations
I am leaning towards self-publishing A Few Bad Men, but I am definitely open to working with a professional publisher. In fact, it is my intention to submit a manuscript to several publishers upon completion before going the self-publishing route.
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My ultimate goal is to get this book published and distributed as widely as possible, and I want to be sure I investigate every avenue for doing so. I hope to hear from you!