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3.0 out of 5 stars Both interesting and frustrating, but poorly written., November 20, 2005
This review is from: Sold: Story of Modern-day Slavery (Paperback)
Two British teenage girls born to Yemeni parents, who don't speak Arabic, are tricked by their sleazebag father and spineless mother into taking a "vacation" to Yemen to meet their extended family and get in touch with their heritage. The father sells his unsuspecting daughters as brides to a couple of jerks they've never met. They are forced to live in an isolated mountain village and suffer daily abuse.

I was frustrated by how little blame was assigned to the mother who was basically a passive participant. The mother had a total of seven children and the father had pulled the exact same kidnapping vacation subterfuge stunt years earlier with the older children.

Eventually, international efforts are mounted to rescue the two sisters who by now are mothers. The Yemeni government finally allows them to leave, but not with their children! They are also forced to undergo a waiting period and pregnancy tests to make sure they are not absconding with any Yemenite embryos. I bought this book in the airport in Kuala Lumpur and oddly it said on the cover, "not for sale in America."
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Initial post: Oct 7, 2010 11:29:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2010 11:30:19 PM PDT
SayWhen says:
The mother would probably be risking if not her life then severe punishment to stand up to her husband.
HELLO -- women are dirt in islam, even if living in the West. If he did this to the kids WHAT DO YOU THINK HE WOULD DO TO THE WIFE? She is powerless.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2011 7:54:38 AM PST
I don't believe you have read the book - because the mother is in England with the father. She eventually leaves him with her other children - but it doesn't appear that the mother really does anything to try to prosecute her husband or retrieve her two daughters. I've only gotten through half the book so far, so i don't want to completely condemn the mother - but the author made it clear early on that she was in Yemen for 8 years as essentially nothing more than a slave. During those 8 years, what did the mother do to track them down? What did she do to bring the father to justice?

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 10:17:05 AM PDT
Ryck says:
My biggest concern is since this happened to this family before, why did these two younger girls fall for the same bait that befell their older siblings, again?

I guess I'll have to read this book to find out. Or not.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2012 7:51:20 PM PST
My question is why did the mother fall for it a second time. Remember the cliche: "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me"?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012 6:02:18 PM PST
Ms. Byrd says:
It's quite possible the girls didn't know what happened to their older siblings. "Your sister met someone and married him! Isn't that great? She won't be coming home now..."

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 11:06:50 AM PDT
Michelle A. says:
Why did they "fall for the same bait"?? They were CHILDREN and couldn't possible envision the fate that awaited them. No child can imagine that their daddy is capable of that kind of cruelty, even if he is an abusive monster. They were immersed in the culture of the country they were born in, like any other teenagers.

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 1:36:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2013 1:37:43 PM PST
A. Starkey says:
My, My. How blind people are. These women have NO CHOICE but to listen to the man, "the Godly head." IT IS NO different than asking why did I, a sexually abused child, continued to agree to take "Sunday rides" with my abusive father? BECAUSE HE WOULD HAVE HURT ME!!! if I had not, or at least in my childhood mind felt he would. Women of Islam do not share the priviledges of us in AMerica - they are taught from an early age that they BELONG to their husbands. Many are treated very well, not all are mis-treated; however, when mistreatment does exist, they don't have the privilege of calling 911 or running to the nearest domestic abuse shelter. Wake up people - these women are slaves in their own right and these stories are just now bringing that fact to light in the past few years.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2014 5:01:54 PM PST
This person does not understand that the mother as a woman was probably illiterate, was kept in purda, seclusion, with no access to telephone and if she tried, she could be killed by her husband and or his family.

women under Islamic rule appear to have virtually no power or access to
any kind of public connection. and re Ryck below, how could these girls fall for the bait? they were a. fooled b. naive c. powerless and Priddy and
Rick should read much more about the powerlessness of most Moslem women.
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