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Trafficked: My Story of Surviving, Escaping, and Transcending Abduction into Prostitution Paperback – September 3, 2013
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"Reads like a real life version of the Liam Neeson film 'Taken' ... [Hayes'] disturbing look at sex slavery starkly raises awareness and should achieve her stated goal that the story 'might help to keep other girls safe.'" - Publishers Weekly
"A great way to raise awareness about human trafficking and Ms. Hayes is beyond brave and selfless in sharing her extremely difficult and painful past" - Luxury Reading
"Chilling and captivating, Trafficked is one of the first memoirs to present a stunning personal look at the criminal human sex trafficking trade and bring this disturbingly widespread abuse to light. " - YA Books Central
About the Author
Sophie Hayes was in her early twenties when she was forced into prostitution in Italy. Following her horrifying ordeal, Sophie is rebuilding her life in London. She is working with the charity STOP THE TRAFFIK and the William Wilberforce Trust to raise awareness of trafficking and to help other women life herself. To date she has worked with Cherie Blair, the Metropolitan Police and the UN. The Sophie Hayes Foundation was set up and inspired by Sophie in January 2012. Since Sophie's return to the UK she has been relentless in her work in order to make a difference and change perceptions. The mission of the Sophie Hayes Foundation is to raise awareness about, and support survivors of, human trafficking and modern day slavery. For more information please visit:www.sophiehayesfoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/SophieHayesFoundationwww.twitter.com/SophieHayesFndn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I couldn't put this book down, it's a well told story with enough details to comprehend what this girl went through without going into the extremes of what she must have lived. As I turned each page I was routing for Sophie to get back in the arms of her mom.
This is an excellent book for moms, daughters, aunt, nieces to read and openly discuss the danger lurking in this world.
I hope when Sophie looks in the mirror she now sees the strong, respectable woman she has become. I also hope her sharing her story has helped heel her in some way. Thank you.
I am so relieved there was a happy ending for Sophie...well as happy as one can expect given her horrific experience. I am sure she will have alot of issues to work through and it will take more than a couple of years for her to gain some sense of normalcfy and especially trust. It is remarkable that she is able to express this in print, but also I hope redemptive to her and eye opening for those of us who are safe and comfortable in our own little world....or think we or our children or grandchildren are.
Awesome that Sophie has turned her victimization into survivorship and into a way for her to help others avoid what she had to experience. Good luck dear lady! Prayers go to you, your family and to hopefully a beloved partner in your life.
Trafficked by Sophie Hayes is a chilling account of a young British woman who was trafficked into Italy by a clever and violent man.
I have read many accounts on human trafficking, yet Sophie's account is chilling for many reasons. There are so many stereotypes attached to victims of sexual slavery that simply don't fit into her story. She had a loving mother, a tightly connected family, an education, job, flat and friends. Her trafficker, who turns out to be a stalker and psychopath, courted her for years before showing his true colors.
Sophie had perhaps one gaping problem that made her a target for a patient psychopath, and that was her own insecurities on love - particular masculine love due to her verbally abusive and uncaring father.
Sophie begins the text discussing her childhood and young adulthood. She is frank about the abuse and instability her father instilled into her and her siblings. After she moved out on her own, she had few relationships that always ended due largely to her insecurities. Although she meets her trafficker and takes no interest in him for significant periods of time, he begins to grow on her. His sudden disappearance isn't the end of his interest in her as he continues to pursue her in the guise of a friend through texts and phone calls. Over time, the two become close friends - so thought Sophie.
After being tricked and trapped, Sophie is forced into prostitution by both threats and extreme violence. For the next six months, her descent into hell is shocking, horrifying, and alarming. It isn't often that non-trafficked individuals are privy to the mental processes of someone being brainwashed. Yet, Sophie provides us just that - and it is remarkably disturbing.
We see a gradual disconnect from reality as she struggles to survive: "If I could make this man believe I was Jenna, perhaps I could believe it too..." We see the effects of severe trauma when she says: "...gradually, as the minutes and then the hours rocked by, my mind shut down and the numbness almost obliterated the fear and revulsion....gradually, I learned how to switch off the light in my mind so that it became dark and empty and I felt nothing - either physically or emotionally." She shows the extent of her brain washing - a common experience for trafficked individuals towards their pimps: "I knew that [his] anger with me was justified and he was right: I was far too stupid to deserve to be loved by anyone...the only explanation that seemed to make any sense at the time was that it was somehow all my fault."
Trafficked is a page-turner that certainly kept me up all night to finish. I wanted to scream several times to run when she had the chance, and my heart was pounding when she finally escaped. A startling twist at the end was both surprising and haunting and gives the reader much on which to think. Yet perhaps the most frightening or devastating thing that keeps coming to my mind is that if she had not had such a family, she would never have written this story. She would undoubtedly be dead.
Grace As Justice Magazine
*While I strongly recommend this book, I suggest it primarily for mature adults. There is definitely strong language, but more importantly the psychological processes used against her are very thoroughly described and are consequently quite disturbing.
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