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Terrifying and realistic wake-up call about the sex industry!
on September 15, 2011
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.