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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (October 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576874745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576874745
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A haunting portrayal of the desolate existence of young Cambodian sex slaves and brothel workers and the new lives that Somaly, who was forced to work in a brothel herself as young girl, offers them." --Glamour

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"Roy approaches all his subjects in the same way, because his `job as a portrait photographer is to render people in an objective and honest way, so the only difference between a celebrity and a brothel worker is simply their circumstances in life - the approach remains the same,' he says."

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bachelier on April 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In a world where the written word and abstracted media such as the internet, distance us from our fellow humans as living breathing and feeling beings like ourselves, the visual remains the most arresting that touches our emotions and moves us. Or perhaps scar our soul.

And so, the photographer's art has a range: from the fantasy of the pages of Playboy or Glamor magazines, to those untouched images in black and white that somehow appear more real than the colors of real life. Perhaps the contrasts of light and dark invoke what is hidden more precisely than color.

"Traffik" by fashion and art photographer Norman Jean Roy (he calls himself a "documentary portrait" photographer) is his most profound work.

This is a painful book to view. While Roy is honest and objective, and follows the high calling of journalistic photography, the subject matter rends the hearts of any decent person who has the strength to view this book.

Page after page are photographs of sex slaves.

The womens' eyes range from dead to abject fear, to fatalistic resignation, to shadows and flames of memories of horrors unimaginable. These tragic subjects will never look at the most intimate act that brings forth life in the same way again: for now it has been replaced with only memories that it is violence, that she is discarded, that her life and all life is valueless against the price of lust. And it is all she has to look forward to after the photographer is gone. A client may be the next face she sees.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Girvin on November 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book, filled with heart breaking images of girls in brothels and young girls who were sold into sex slavery. Truly a must have beautiful art book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charlton on July 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent photographic work on a tragic and important social issue. The photographs provide a first hand look at the individuals who are effected by traffiking and the sex worker industry. The photographer has respectfully taken high quality portraits of the subjects.

Another review gave this book only one star due to the lack of detailed text in the book. That reviewer is correct since the book is composed entirely of photographs, and does not have accompanying text. The last two or three pages provide a brief paragraph describing the specific conditions of each person photographed, but the descriptions are not in-depth. This book could be greatly enhanced if a second edition was published that included a significant amount of text describing the history and current state of traffiking world wide.

The lack of text does not diminish this book as being a significant documentary work. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the issue of traffiking. Five stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on December 22, 2010
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I think that I didn't get the whole concept of this before I ordered it. I thought it was more of a story? But it's 98% photographs. I don't mind because it educated me enough with just that. And, I liked that some of the money for the book helped the org. The book is HUGE. When I buy a house, it'll be kept on my living room table for all to see and gain awareness.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles on June 1, 2012
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The vender was fine but the book is not what i expected. The description should have mentioned that this is just a book of pictures, and with very little diversity at that. overall, the book is pretty useless except as a way to hold down other stuff while glue drys.
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