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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Trafficked’

Author: Sophie Hayes

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Publication Date: Sept. 3, 2013

Genre: Biographies and memoirs

“I was completely conditioned to do what he told me to do, even when he wasn’t there, and even when going against that conditioning might have meant he’d never have found me and I would have had the chance to escape from him. It’s hard to explain, but defying him simply wasn’t an option.”

Sophie Hayes (alias), founder of The Sophie Hayes Foundation and supporter of STOP THE TRAFFIK, is an advocate for victims of human trafficking.

Hayes was a “normal,” middle-class young woman living in the U.K. — until one day she wasn’t.

A visit to Italy to vacation with a man that she thought was her best friend turned into a living nightmare. In “Trafficked: My Story of Surviving, Escaping, and Transcending Abduction into Prostitution,” Hayes shares her experience with a deranged man who forced her into prostitution in a foreign country, brainwashed her, beat her and threatened her life on a daily basis.

This book felt like an emotional rollercoaster and I just could not put it down. Not only does Hayes share an incredible story, but she tells it in a way that allows the reader to visualize what she experienced and what she felt. At times, her tale quite literally brought tears to my eyes.

The book includes, at the end, a note from a few people that helped Hayes through her ordeal and it provides contact information for more information about human trafficking. In telling her story, Hayes helps bring light to the fact that human trafficking affects more people than those in poor, third world countries.

Not only do I suggest that everyone read this book, but I also hope that everyone will take the time to educate themselves about human trafficking and understand the signs that indicate someone may be trafficked. Furthering awareness of this problem can help bring it to an end.

Stefanie Paquin is an avid reader of books about psychology and sex education, a “gearhead,” a self-taught photographer and bicycling enthusiast. She is also a blogger, which you can follow her at closednomore.wordpress.com. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she now resides in St. Clair Shores.
Reviewed by Stefanie Paquin on 03 March 2014

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