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#Trafficked by Sophie Hayes–Review-4 stars

Trafficked...850.jpgA Disturbing and Unforgettable Memoir 

 

Trafficked is a disturbing memoir about a young, educated woman who was tricked into a life of prostitution. 

Sophie was brought up in an abusive home. Although, her mother was a loving parent, her father was a tyrant. His emotional and verbal abuse in the home was a constant. Sophie’s issues were mostly with men. It took years to trust Kas, even though, she considered him her best friend. When she finally agreed to join him in Italy for a week, he was ecstatic. So was Sophie. It was in Italy, however, where her relationship with Kas changed forever. Kas had become someone, Sophie didn’t even recognize. He was controlling, cruel, and violent. She was told in no uncertain terms that she’d be working the streets for him. Prostitution was to be her life now.

This book is emotionally raw and disturbing to read, but the message is clear. The need to raise awareness about human trafficking is paramount. Sophie was from a British middle-class home. She was educated, worked, had her own apartment and yet, unbeknownst to her; she was being groomed for a life of prostitution. Kas was her confidant and friend. She had shared information about her life and family with him. She later discovered that the intimate details that she revealed about herself were used to manipulate and control her. She thought Kas loved her. He didn’t. 

Although the book could have been written with less repetition, the story itself is unforgettable.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Sophie Hayes was in her early twenties when she was forced into prostitution in Italy. Following her horrifying ordeal, Sophie is rebuilding her life in London. She is working with the charity STOP THE TRAFFIK and the William Wilberforce Trust to raise awareness of trafficking and to help other women life herself. To date she has worked with Cherie Blair, the Metropolitan Police and the UN.The Sophie Hayes Foundation was set up and inspired by Sophie in January 2012. Since Sophie’s return to the UK she has been relentless in her work in order to make a difference and change perceptions. The mission of the Sophie Hayes Foundation is to raise awareness about, and support survivors of, human trafficking and modern day slavery.For more information please visit:www.sophiehayesfoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/SophieHayesFoundationwww.twitter.com/SophieHayesFndn

 

*The Lost Daughter of India* by Sharon Maas

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Newest Release by Sharon Maas

The author pulled me into the heart of her characters, hijacked my emotions, and captured my attention until the very last page.

The Lost Daughter of India is a poignant story about a twelve-year-old Indian girl who was abducted and sold into prostitution. Although this fictional story takes place in India, it could actually be anywhere in the world. Human trafficking is a horrendous evil that occurs today, even in this modern day twenty-first century.

As a child, Carolyn’s greatest dream was to marry a prince and live in India. Little did she know that her dream would actually come true. She met her Indian prince in Boston, Massachusetts. The two married and moved to India. They thought that their deep love for one another would be enough to overcome any obstacles. But, homesickness led Carolyn back to the United States, leaving her daughter, Asha, behind. It would be, unfortunately, Asha who would pay the ultimate price for Carolyn’s abandonment.

Although the subject matter is disturbing, the story is engrossing and superbly written. The author pulled me into the heart of her characters, hijacked my emotions, and captured my attention until the very last page. I finished the book in one day, simply because I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.

Thank you Bookoutour publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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*Trafficking* by Bill Ward*5-Stars

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Trafficking is a well-written and emotionally charged, poignant story. It’s difficult to fathom that in this civilized, modern-day world, an atrocious business such as human trafficking would not only be allowed to exist but to flourish. This novel is not for the faint-hearted, it describes the horrific abuse that young women, who have been forced into slavery are made to endure.

Afina, a twenty-two-year-old Romanian woman, had her dreams of being an Olympic gymnast shattered, by a serious foot injury. Depressed over her crushed Olympic dream, Afina decided to explore opportunities in the UK. She was delighted to find that she not only qualified for a waitress position but had been accepted and that a job was waiting for her. The thought of living on her own and exploring a new country thrilled Afina to no end. Her excitement, however, was short-lived. Shortly after arriving in the UK and meeting her new employer, Stefan, Afina was raped and forced to hand over her passport. She was told that the waitress position was no longer available and that her new job would be, giving sexual pleasure to men. Afina realized that she’d been tricked. There never had been a legal job lined up for her. The position of Stefan’s whore had been the plan all along.

The story follows Afina’s hellish existence, her experiences, betrayals, and fears. Current trafficking is living proof that slavery is not dead. This well-written emotional book tells the story of an ugly reality that needs to be exposed and stopped.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover