By Sophie Hayes
The haunting, unforgettable memoir that took the united kingdom by way of hurricane, Trafficked is a gripping first-hand account of a tender girl who survived the horrors of human trafficking.
Sophie Hayes, a tender, expert English lady, used to be spending an idyllic weekend in Italy together with her probably captivating boyfriend. however the day of her go back domestic, he made it transparent she wasn't going wherever. Punching and shouting at her, he threatened to kill her loved more youthful brothers if she did not cooperate to assist him repay millions of greenbacks he'd racked up in debts.
Over the following six months, Sophie is pressured to paintings as a prostitute in a rustic the place she did not converse the language, no one is aware her whereabouts, and get away turns out most unlikely. She struggles to outlive, continually on the mercy of her boyfriend's violent moods and residing in worry of being killed by way of any of her buyers. whilst a life-threatening disease lands her within the sanatorium, Sophie has an opportunity to cell her mom and escape—if her boyfriend does not get to her first.
Chilling and appealing, Trafficked is likely one of the first memoirs to provide a beautiful own examine the legal human intercourse trafficking alternate and convey this disturbingly frequent abuse to light.
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