Saleema Sparks has made it her mission to provide a sanctuary for trouble teenage girls, but she may have to close the doors to her one-woman operation--Head Up--for financial reasons.
As Saleema makes crucial decisions regarding her business, two teenage girls--Lollilop and Skittles--unexpectedly show up at her door. The girls, victims of sex trafficking, tell Saleema that they've been routinely battered by Bullet, a pimp who refers to the minors he exploits as his "candy."
First, Saleema must find financial backing to keep her safe house open while fiercely protecting the two vulnerable young girls. And she's unwilling to involve her new boyfriend in the dangerous dilemma, so Saleema abruptly ends their passionate affair.
Can Saleema keep herself and her girls out of Bullet's murderous grasp? And will it ever be safe enough to find her way back to her first chance at love? With Stealing Candy, Allison Hobbs offers a sensationalized view of crime violence nd the underside of human behavior.