More than a dozen news media outlets have reported on The Black Lens. Here are just a few excerpts:

“The grim reality of modern-day slavery in America.”

Kirkus Reviews Magazine

“The Black Lens is clearly the work of a journalist. It exists to inform and disrupt, and it succeeds.” 

Columbus Underground

“Authorial Advocate.”

— Writer’s Digest Magazine

“A work of fiction. A world of truths.”


“Will go a long way in giving a voice to victims and helping raise awareness of sex trafficking in rural America.”

— The Columbus Dispatch

“Christopher Stollar, a former Oregon journalist, won the grand prize in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards, beating out more than 600 other entries, for his debut novel, ‘The Black Lens,’ about a teenage girl and her sister fighting sex trafficking in Oregon.” 

— The Oregonian

“Stollar is a former reporter who conducted more than three years of research including interviewing survivors, social workers and police officers to write the book.”

— The Mercury News

“A fictional horror told through a ‘Black Lens.’ Christopher Stollar weaves a despairing tale of sex trafficking.”

— The Register-Guard

“A work of fiction … based on the disturbing reality that human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes worldwide.”

— The Bulletin

“The Black Lens reminds us that human trafficking, sex slavery and exploitation are real. For many young people in Central Oregon, the world of sex trafficking is non-fiction.”

The Source Weekly

“The Black Lens … is the result of more than three years of research and interviews with survivors of sex trafficking, social workers and law enforcement personnel.”

— ThisWeek Community News

“Former newspaper reporter turned author, Christopher Stollar of Columbus, spent a decade researching trafficking — three years of which was done in Ohio.”

— Dayton Daily News

“Christopher Stollar, author … and anti-trafficking advocate”

— KTVZ News Channel 21