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Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave [Kindle Edition]

Sibel Hodge
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My name is Elena and I used to be a human being. Now I am a sex slave.
If you are reading this diary then I am either dead or I have managed to escape...

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** "20% of the royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to two leading UK based anti-trafficking charities: The Poppy Project and Unseen UK." ~ Sibel Hodge, Author **

Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave is a gritty, gripping, and tear-jerking fictional novella, inspired by real victims' accounts and research into the sex trafficking underworld. It's been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

It is estimated that 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year - 80% of these are women and girls. (Source: U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report: 2007)

(17,000 words - 96 pages)

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

"Hodge took her readers to a rare journey that touches and break the hearts all at the same time through the eyes of Elena, the victim to whom the diary belongs. While reading, I could feel the victim's emotions pouring through; her sadness, frustration, anger and fear bundled into a giant seemingly endless burden. Hodge really did a great job in describing everything, no matter how explicit it was." -- The Bornean Bookworm

"Although the subject is a devastating one this story is beautifully written by Hodge. Hodge does a wonderful job, she manages to take you on this gritty journey leaving you breathless at the end. I highly recommend this novel! It is extremely moving, you will not be disappointed." -- Boekie's Book Reviews

"Heart wrenching and well written" -- Can't Put It Down

"This story is utterly heartbreaking. Some of the things that happen to Elena are truly horrific but somehow she never quite loses hope that she will be reunited with her daughter again. Being written in diary form I could see her in my head and I truly felt the things she was going through. I am not ashamed to admit I was in tears in places." -- Wistful Kimmie's Book Reviews

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"Although the subject is a devastating one this story is beautifully written by Hodge. Hodge does a wonderful job, she manages to take you on this gritty journey leaving you breathless at the end. I highly recommend this novel! It is extremely moving, you will not be disappointed." -- Boekie's Book Reviews

"Heart wrenching and well written" -- Can't Put It Down

"This story is utterly heartbreaking. Some of the things that happen to Elena are truly horrific but somehow she never quite loses hope that she will be reunited with her daughter again. Being written in diary form I could see her in my head and I truly felt the things she was going through." -- Wistful Kimmie's Book Reviews

"Hodge took her readers to a rare journey that touches and break the hearts all at the same time through the eyes of Elena, the victim to whom the diary belongs. While reading, I could feel the victim's emotions pouring through; her sadness, frustration, anger and fear bundled into a giant seemingly endless burden" -- The Bornean Bookworm

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The story follows the plight of one woman who was, like so many Eastern European women are in real life, lured away from her home under false pretenses by someone she trusted and brutally forced into a life of prostitution. Hodge's portrayal of Elena, the unfortunate heroine, as she undergoes one horrific degradation after another is gritty and realistic. Her desperation, fear and anguish are palpable throughout. Although Elena's one major lapse in judgment (will not detail here because it is a mid-story spoiler)--although a necessary device--did jar me out of the story as being rather unrealistically careless at pivotal moment, Hodge handled it masterfully--using it to deepen the reader's understanding of Elena and how her hopes and dreams are dying a slow and agonizing death as her captivity continues.

This book is absolutely astounding and delivers an important message about the assumptions most of us make about the people who work in the sex trade. As someone who works in the field of criminology, I immediately recognized Elena's plight in the real-life accounts of trafficking victims. Certainly, this book puts a human face on the nameless women (and men) that we, as a society, largely (and wrongfully) view as 'throw aways' who 'made their own choice'. This book is an exceptional tool for raising awareness--not only for fiction readers but also for the classroom. I would recommend this as an accompanying text for any University course on victimology or the sex trade. Without hesitation, if I ever have the opportunity to teach a course on this subject, I will use Trafficked as a required text. It would even be appropriate for young adults at the high school level.

Excellent book! I highly recommend it.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mighty pen August 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Sibel Hodge paints a vivid picture of a woman caught up in a global travesty of our time: Sex-Slave Trafficking. Using the Diary format to tell Elena's story of betrayal, helplessness, and degradation, Hodge sheds light on an industry that preys on thousands of young women every day. Using a novelist's skill, we come to care for Elena quickly. Women readers can easily relate to Elena and how she feels caught in the trap of prostitution. The piece is gritty, but not gruesome. I read it in one sitting. It left me feeling like I wanted to DO SOMETHING, which I imagine was the reason Sibel diverted from her usual chick-lit fare to tackle a serious subject. Hopefully, the pen truly is mightier than the sword, and "Diary" will help raise awareness and action against one of the most shameful elements of modern times. Change begins with resolve. I admire Sibel Hodge for devoting her time and talent keeping this issue in the spotlight.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving...... September 12, 2011
By Shadow
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is so sad. Sibel writes a story so packed with emotion and the trauma sex slavery causes. I cried through out this story. She raises awareness on how you can't trust others at face value, to be careful and take a look at something that seems to good to be true..because in most cases, it is. Snatched from home, Elena endures some one the worst abuse imaginable. Beat on a daily basis, rape hourly, belittled and threaten at every turn, life is a nightmare. Forced to endure her captures abuse, she must play their game in order to save her mother and daughter. One slip-up, and they are gone. How much, is too much? This story shows a woman's struggle to hang on, to fight and survive, to live. This was a gripping story, filled with emotion. This book is not for the faint-hearted. It'll make you cry, it will piss you off and it will make you want to get even.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality Call February 29, 2012
By Kiwes
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I tell ya, I stumbled upon this book by complete accident. I was checking out some other authors' books on Amazon, and this came into my view and I clicked on the first page to read, and immediately downloaded it. At first glance, I was under the impression this was a true story, but it wasn't until I got into the book that I realized it was a fictional story, but as far as I'm concerned, it might as well have been a true story because unfortunately, there are many girls and women who actually live this life. OMG, I was blown away by the real accounts of the diary. This was my first reading of a novella and I tell you, Sibel wrote the hell out of this book. I was so terrified reading the pages, I couldn't believe when I was finished. This tale grips you from the very first sentence. Well worth the download! [...]
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking book June 5, 2013
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The diary of a sex slave is written very simple and honest. It can be a little brutal but this is what makes this book so breathtaking. It is also believable and has a realistic ending. I truly recommend this book to everyone because it is one of those book that makes you see the world from another perspective.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this August 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book that must be read. It is the story of Elena who is kidnapped and trafficked to work in the sex business. It is a dark, hard-hitting story that pulls no punches. Written in the first person, in the form of a diary similar in style to the Diary of Anne Frank, it takes the reader right into the mindset of Elena. The reader shares her distress, her worries, her pain, and her fears. It succeeds on all levels as a story and I wouldn't be surprised if it became a classic.
I have no hestation in recommending this. Sibel Hodge is a writer to watch.
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Sibel Hodge is an International Bestselling and Award Winning Author. She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she's Wonder Woman! When she's not out saving the world from dastardly demons she writes an eclectic mix of genres.

Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, Winner of Best Children's Book by eFestival of Words 2013, and Winner of Crime, Thrillers & Mystery | Book from a series in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2014. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

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