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Boys For Sale (Book 1): A Novel about Human Trafficking Kindle Edition

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Questions for Marc Finks

Q: How did you ever decide to write about this topic?

A: I attended a speech given by David Batstone, and I was so moved and shocked by the stories that he told that I felt like I had to do something. I'm not really a good public speaker, but I thought that maybe I could write and help let people know about this that I had definitely not been aware of.

Q: How did you do research for your books?

A: I read as much as I could find about it, and then I actually visited Thailand and volunteered for a couple of weeks at a home for children who have been rescued from child slavery. A lot of their stories made their way into the second book. It's so sad and tragic, and yet....these children have hope and they are going to school and studying and trying to put the horrors behind them.

Q: What do you say for people who call this 'porn'? 

A: If people knew how hard it was for me to write several disgusted and sad I felt to be writing them...then they would hopefully understand better that I did not get pleasure from writing a lot of the things in the first book. Terrible things happen to Tavi, but I tried to show it from his perspective and to show that - no matter what the clients think - it's not enjoyable for the children. It's pain. It's torture. It's rape.

Q: Do you have any words for people who are considering buying this book?

A: I tried to walk a fine line between showing too much and too little of what happens to these children. If you're hoping to find a voyeristic novel where you can enjoy the idea of child slavery, then I hope you are severely disappointed. If you're expecting a soft, happy, G-rated story, then you will probably be upset by what you read. I was upset writing the book, and I actually cringed when I wrote a couple of paragraphs.

Q: Do you think that your books have made any difference?

A: I hope so. I've received emails from people thanking me for letting them know that things like this are happening in the world. I don't know if anyone has actually acted upon their knowledge, but so many people are ignorant (or in denial) that these kinds of things are happening in today's world, and so maybe sharing knowledge is the first step.

Q: Will there be a third book in the series?

A: Readers have actually emailed me asking that, and I have to say 'no'. After two books, all I can do is just write more tragic tales about young people being abused. If you've read the two books, then thank you, but hopefully now you'll think, "Now I know that this is an issue. What can I do now?!"

Q: So, what are you working on these days?

A: I'm trying to write a fantasy series. The first book is out, but it's difficult. I want to be different (like everyone does), but I still find my line of thought converging back into traditional fantasy subplots.  I'm also making a choose-your-own adventure storybook app for toddlers and young children that I'm really excited about. Hopefully we can inspire more children to enjoy reading at a young age and help turn that love into a lifetime habit.

Q: Sounds interesting. Anything else you want to add?

A: Thank you...everyone...for reading my books. I can't describe how I feel when I know that someone is reading something that I wrote...and then writing a nice review about it. It just boggles my mind and I just want to say...thank you.

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  • File Size: 2010 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TPTB8E
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Between studying for my Master's degree in Education and teaching really smart students in Seoul, South Korea, I've discovered that when I do have a little bit of time off, my happy place is a small, mostly deserted island in Thailand (Ko Jum), and I find that living in a bungalow for a few weeks right on the beach is the perfect place for me to focus without any distractions. Also, since the only thing there is a small restaurant, a beach, and a dirt road leading to a village which is five miles away, there's not much to do besides swim, read, and write.

My first attempt at writing and finishing a book became T.A.G., The Assassination Game, a 600 page novel split among the viewpoints from four different players. It was based on something I wished was real, but I was tired of reading books with protagonists who were all good, and antagonists who were clearly bad. Personally, I liked the story, but it wasn't ready for the public. However, I've realized that it makes more sense to give each character their own mini-novel, and so T.A.G. will be released by the end of March.

After that I wrote a book based on the idea 'what if imaginary friends weren't so imaginary?' That was all hand-written on two notepads in a hammock on an island in Thailand, and it's still unfinished. Usually, when my vacation ends, I stop writing since there are too many other distractions in life - unfortunately. Hopefully, that one, too, will be finished someday.

Boys For Sale, and it's follow-up novel which is brilliantly named Boys For Sale 2, were inspired by a speech/presentation given by David Batstone in Seoul in January of 2011. I was shocked by how many children are bought and sold as sex slaves and the things that happen to them...and I was moved by how much some people give in order to save these children. One of his anecdotes led me to the character of Tavi, and as I imagined what he had to go through to get to where I met him in my mind, the story just seemed to write itself...

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on December 4, 2012
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Mr. Finks has exposed some nasty things happening to children, including children sold into slavery by their parents, who have been sold a bill of goods that they're so bright that somebody wants to pay to send the children to schools they'd not be able to attend otherwise.

While the story takes place in another country, it is one happening all over the world including in the civilized countries such as ours. Unfortunately, many people who are aware of these abuses, are either unable to do anything about them, or are ignorant of what it would take to get these practices stopped. This is illustrated dramatically in the story.

This is not a pretty book, nor a fun read. It is a story of children abused in the worst possible ways everywhere in the world, but dramatized in a fictional book with fictional characters. Mr. Finks does an excellent job of making all of his fictional characters real including the average people who don't know about or turn a blind eye to the sexual enslavement of children to the victims themselves and also the perpetrators.

The story is marred some by the need for quality proof-reading. There are quite a few misspellings and dropped words throughout the book.

If this book and its sequel do anything to spur people to do something meaningful to save these children, they have accomplished a great thing. And Mr. Finks has accomplished something worthwhile by exposing these practices.

I will be looking forward to the sequel and hope to find some indication that there are people doing something about these heinous practices.

Dawn Edwards, the Kindle Book Review

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Donald F. Davis on April 3, 2013
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The problem of human trafficking is all too real, and runs throughout all human history. This story is an attempt to give it human faces. The structure of the story is reasonably put together, but I kept tripping over details that simply didn't ring quite true to human nature or to any actual place on the planet. Too various names and details didn't quite hold together as a whole. It is still a powerful story that with a few refinements could be even more compelling. Such human depravity can never be enjoyable to contemplate, but good stories can force us to greater understanding, empathy, and action. It is worth reading.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Book Surfer on April 18, 2013
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It is rare to find a book of fiction that délas with the harsh reality of human trafficking; and, specially, when it involves boys. All sex-related crimes and also crimes related with sexual perversion are usually taboo. The fact that they can affect boys too is a taboo within the first one.
In this sense, I think Marc Fink's book is worth advertising, worth reading and a valuable addition to fiction literature.
It's not a literary masterpiece, and I found a couple of typos, but it is written correctly, and the story turns to be engaging and interesting; specially if you are unaware of how persons who deal with other people recruit them, break them and shove them into a vicious cycle of shame, addiction and crime that is really difficult to get out of. These aspects are well shown in the book, and -for the faint harted- the grimmest parts are very carefully handled; manageable descriptions that get the point across (however, I think the author becomes too careful in the firsts chapters -before Tavi leaves the village--and why the local kids are afraid to go near "the rocks" when they play could be better described).
I also liked what the author says in the prologue, which has to do with people not being all good or all bad. And I think this is a valuable approach to any character depiction, because I agree with this point of view. I think the author has managed to depict this in some ways. However, I must say, I didn't feel the way Javier López turns around at the end of the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John M. W. Smith on December 8, 2012
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This is a grim and hard hitting book. A tough read. If you want to be entertained, look elsewhere. If you want humor or happy endings, likewise. Even the semi-redemption, towards the end, is slow in coming and somewhat vague. I found myself utterly depressed as I could not see where the story could go in order to satisfy or fulfill the reader in any way.
And then I realized that I was mistaken in my expectations, and that the writer had no intention of sticking to any script which necessarily gave the book mass-market popularity. What he was attempting was an exposure of simply one more sad endeavor that weak human beings engage in to materially enrich their sad lives at the expense of other human beings. And in describing this, of course, Marc Finks has succeeded brilliantly. There is no doubting the quality of his writing. It is able and craftsman-like. And, after around the middle, the book becomes genuinely exciting---if slightly implausible, but the latter is not a serious issue. Because some sort of release is needed from the narrative of unremitting gloom and hopelessness, and this the writer provides in a timely manner. The subject matter is something that he feels strongly about---and so should we all. There are not one or two nations that are unable to control the despicable sex slave trade of young people. There are many. And this is an absolute disgrace.
Some of the graphic detail provided almost made me lose my breakfast, but to my mind the writer is not indulging in this gratuitously; it is needed to sustain the sheer horror of the deplorable industry as described in this worthy book.
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