Hotel Housekeeper Uncovers Dirty Human Trafficking Scheme in New Book

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Laura Otis’ “Clean” serves as a love letter to the housekeeping industry and a harrowing look into those who suffer abuse at the hands of traffickers

"Clean: A Novel" by Laura Otis.

“Clean” will offer readers a glimpse into the lives of hotel housekeepers and help people understand the importance of bringing traffickers to justice, regardless of what is at stake.

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.”

“Clean: A Novel”
By Laura Otis
ISBN: 9781532063831 (softcover); 9781532063848 (electronic)
Available at iUniverse, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Laura Otis is a professor of English at Emory University. She holds a BS in biochemistry, an MA in neuroscience, a PhD in comparative literature, and an MFA in fiction. She is the author of six academic books and six novels. In 2000, she received a MacArthur Fellowship for creativity. Otis resides in Atlanta, Georgia and Berlin, Germany and also blogs for Psychology Today on creativity and the ways that fiction authors represent sensations, emotions and thoughts.

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