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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,219 ratings  ·  209 reviews
A 17-year-old Moldovan girl whose parents have been killed is brought to the United States to work as a slave for a family in Los Angeles.

Hannah believes she’s being brought from Moldova to Los Angeles to become a nanny for a Russian family. But her American dream quickly spirals into a nightmare. The Platonovs force Hannah to work sixteen-hour days, won’t let her leave th...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Viking Juvenile (first published February 1st 2012)
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Trafficked by Kim Purcell

Trafficked is a difficult subject to read about but so important that I couldn’t wait to sit down and read it. Kim Purcell has done an excellent job and I give her ton’s of credit for telling us this story even though it’s a fiction novel we all know this is happening today somewhere. Kim’s words flowed extremely well, character descriptions are written excellent, and I felt so much sorrow for what Hannah is going through. There were times I had to stop and remember thi...more
“Trafficked” is one of those books that should come with a warning. It will keep you up way past your bedtime and have you thinking about it every second of every day until you’ve finished reading it, and then some more. It is a superb read. Every emotion conceivable is what this book will bring out in you. Or at least, that’s what it did for me.

This book was utterly amazing! It was such an eye-opener and the level of research done for this novel must’ve been astounding because it shows. It does...more
Was Hannah just naive when she decided to falsify her identity and travel to America to become a Nanny for a Russian American family, the Platonovs? She grew up in a marketplace with "You are Not a Product" slogans on posters to remind her what happens too often to attractive young girls who accept offers that sound too good to be true. $400 a month should be plenty for Hannah to send home to her grandmother for surgery. No other family survives who will help her, so she accepts and enters a nig...more
Trafficked by Kim Purcell follows Hannah a girl from Moldova who travels to America to work as a Nanny. She takes the job after her parents disappear because she knows her grandmother can not support the two of them. She soon finds things are not as she was promised as the family she works for treats her like a slave, requiring her to work all hours without pay and without the ability to leave.

I enjoyed the book although the main character had issues at time with being very very naive. This book...more
Trafficked was an interesting book. I really wanted to love it, but unfortunately it came up short for me. I do praise the author for writing a modern-day YA novel about human trafficking, though- it's a real problem that occurs all over the world, but I don't think everyone knows a lot about it. Especially not teenagers who, arguably, should be one of the groups MOST informed. It's really sad how situations like the one presented in this novel can go unnoticed and I wish there were more YA book...more
Alex Baugh
From the publisher:
Hannah believes she's being brought from Molodova to Los Angeles to become a nanny for a Russian family. But her American dream quickly spirals into a nightmare. The Platonovs force Hannah to work sixteen-hour days, won't let her leave the house, and seem to have a lot of secrets - from Hannah and from each other. Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah must find a way to save herself from her new status as a modern-day sl...more
Melanie Goodman
Seventeen-year-old Hannah travels from Moldova to America with fake documents to be a nanny for a Russian-American family. Hannah is told that in exchange for taking care of two children and some “light” cleaning, she’ll make $400 a week on top of room and board–plenty to pay for her babushka’s surgery in no time at all.

But America does not turn out to be the land of milk and honey after all. And Hannah does not find herself rolling in dough. Instead, after a torturous journey, Hannah is virtual...more
Diana Renn
I devoured most of this book on an airplane flight and later stayed up half the night to finish. Teens and adults alike will be captivated by the plight of Hannah, an illegal immigrant from Moldova, who works as a nanny for a family in Los Angeles. Grueling hours, no pay, social isolation, and accommodations in a garage -- despite an inviting and unoccupied guest room upstairs -- are only some of the travails she encounters; the job gradually spirals into a living nightmare and Hannah's life is...more
Jenny Sawyer
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Is there such a thing as a perfect book? I found myself going back and forth on this question as I tore through Trafficked.

Hannah, a teenager from Moldova, enters the US illegally to pursue her dream of learning English and becoming a doctor. She’s been promised $400 a week for her nannying job with a Russian family in Los Angeles, but things go south right from the start. (view spoiler)...more
Courtney Whitefield
Gosh, how do rate a book like this? Its odd to say, "Yes, I loved this book" when I felt like I was being punched in the chest throughout the entire thing. I am not saying that this is a bad novel by any means, but boy was it scary. Scary because of its brutal honesty. I don't know that I'll read another book like this, because quite frankly I feel terrible. Granted, I understand that this is meant to bring awareness to the situation, but I'm not quite sure that it should fall under the YA categ...more
Jennifer Castle
I was lucky enough to see an advance copy of this book, which tells a story unlike anything I'd ever read before. There are some books you enjoy because you can really relate to what's going on, and there are some you enjoy because they introduce you to a totally unfamiliar reality. This is one of those books. Even though Hannah's situation is far removed from the average teen's, I think most readers will keep asking themselves, "What would I do here?" and start to there someone like...more
Mrs. Kenyon
Hannah is helping support her grandmother and herself after her parents are killed in a cafe bombing. A friend of her aunt offers her a chance to be a nanny in America and Hannah thinks it is a great opportunity. She knows that girls sometimes are taken to foreign countries to be prostitutes, but this is America and it must be safe. As she crosses the border and begins her progress to her new home she starts to have doubts. Her real papers are taken and she is given fake documents. She isn't all...more
Trafficked wasn't a book I originally planned on reading when it arrived in the mail; gritty contemporaries have never been up my alley. However, I agreed to moderate a panel with Kim Purcell (and Jennifer Castle and Nova Ren Suma), so I figured -- I had the book, why not read it?

I ended up really enjoying it, in the way that one can enjoy things that skeeve you out and make your skin crawl. Purcell does a fabulous job at managing to present Hannah's situation in a way that makes you understand...more
I was actually crestfallen after finishing this book. Okay, to be more specific, I was crestfallen even I was just a quarter through with this book.
When I first laid my eyes on such a mysterious cover of this book, I was just like, "Oh my goodness, I gotta read this." When I read the summary of this book, I immediately borrowed this book from the library. I had such great expectations of it.
I was expecting gore and violence, much of them. I was expecting hardcore politics and cruelty. However,...more
Amy Higgins
This was a wonderful story. Human trafficking is an issue that many people are unaware of in America. It is staggering to me that things like this actually happen in America in average neighborhoods without people even knowing. I loved getting to know Hannah as a character. Seeing her work through her situation in her head and realizing that this is something that people actually go through and are unable to seek help, was mind blowing to me. Understanding the evil of characters like Lillian and...more
Behind the facade of the white picket fence, lies a house filled with the ugliest of secrets and the dirtiest of lies.

Disclaimer: This review also appears on my blog and on, a South African women's lifestyle website where I manage, amongst other things, an online books section.

When I first finished reading this book, I had no intention of giving it a very high rating.

In fact, my initial thought was that this book was maybe worth a fair-weathered 3 out of 5. Good, but not all that mes...more
Jul 23, 2012 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This mature YA novel deals with the extremely gritty subject of human trafficking. Hannah, 17, naively thinks that she is going from Moldova to America to work as a nanny and housekeeper for $400 a week. Her parents are dead, her uncle is gone, and her grandmother needs cataract surgery. Hannah and her grandmother are barely surviving, and this extra money will be very helpful. Hannah wants to learn to speak better English and someday be a doctor. This job in America will help her do that. Hanna...more
This was an incredible book that dealt with a very real, and very hidden problem in our society. It tells the story of Hannah, a 17 year old Moldovan girl who, after falling on hard times was offered a job as an American nanny that would allow her to send money back to Moldova to support her family. Once in America, Hannah learned that the promises of $400 per week were too good to be true. Instead, she was forced to work 16 hours per day with no pay and face emotional and physical abuse from he...more
This gritty, powerful cautionary tale about Hannah, a seventeen-year-old from Moldava, who comes to the United States in search of a better life is downright scary and eye-opening. Hannah, of course, is naive in believing the lies she is told, but she is well-intentioned since she hopes to earn enough money to pay for her grandmother's eye surgery. The cash she dreams of never materializes, and the family with whom she stays keeps her locked in the garage. Basically, she has become a slave since...more
Emily, a Book and a Cat
Concept/Ideas: 4/5
Storyline/Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

Amazing book. Definitely reccommend it right of the bat. Why? Because it's about an important issue: Human Trafficking. The book was great. It also was well written, and totally pulls you in from page one. We need more books like this out there on the market. Real books about real issues...

The writing was good, the plotline was pretty fast progressive, and I really felt for the main character Hannah....more
Natashia Duncan
I began reading this book with the assumption that Hannah was being forced into sex-trafficking and prostitution. So, I was confused when I was over halfway through the book and she still hadn't left the house! I was a bit disappointed that the book didn't turn out how I expected it to, however, overall, the story was good. I loved the character development, and there were several suspenseful parts that had me reading faster and faster and faster until I had no choice but to force myself to cove...more
It's a great topic, and one that deserves a lot more attention.

The author's intentions are nobble ,the book was written with the mindset of showing this crime and bringing awareness to a problem which needs to be addressed.

The story itself is well told by an easy writing style,but the story line for me was weak,not much surprise factor in it, I founded repetitive,nevertheless, I truly believe this book may help some of these young girls as it brings out in the open a very tragic problem in some...more
Kim Purcell's Trafficked tells the story of a girl named Hannah who comes to the United States from Moldova to be a nanny. Hannah has heard all kind of wonderful stories about the US, so she's excited for the opportunity. She dreams of helping her grandmother and returning to her home after successfully completing college. But Hannah's journey goes terribly wrong. She makes it only as far as Romania before she is attacked by an "agent" who claims he is making it possible for her to get to Americ...more
Fantastic book! What an eye opener to the hidden crime of trafficking that is going on in many American communities. One of the things I liked the most about the book was the frank way it discussed the negative sexual encounters that Hannah experiences.

Sexuality is dressed up as such a glorious thing in our culture that teenage girls are often naïve about the ugly side of being desirable. It is one thing to have a 16 year old boy that you sit next to in high school staring at your boobs and quit...more
I had big hopes for this book after reading the jacket but it really fell short Don't get me wrong it was a good book I just expected a lot more The author Kim Purcell did a good job of making the reader like the main character Hannah but I often found myself asking how could she be so unwilling to stand up for herself I also enjoyed the setting this book takes place in it makes you wonder what is really going on in the house next door to you The last 40 or so pages where the best the rest was H...more
great book too raise awareness of a problem without saying children. some may complain that her abuse isn't bad enough to be realistic but I think it was plenty considering the audience. view this as an introduction and know that our imagination coupled with tv like law and order: special victims unit can fill in the gaps.

Hannah is a endearing character. Lillian is complicated yet predictable. Sergey just as expected (I mean that in a good way). Colin, fairly predictable, yet thankfully not ano...more
Ms. Ramsborg
I liked this book because the author researched it so well that there were many facts included about what actually happens to girls who are trafficked into the U.S. For example, Hannah is forced to clean the entire house everyday and works 12-14 hours per day without getting paid. She has to sleep in the family's garage and hardly ever gets to go outside. She does not get to have a day off or even go out in public, and her lack of English traps her with the Russian-speaking family. The ending wa...more
Kaia Herrin
Even though I have almost nothing in common with Hannah, I felt that I could really understand what she was going through. It makes me incredibly disappointed in this country to learn that human trafficking is still happening and that it happens to so many people. This book is gut-wrenching, heartfelt, and very well-written. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new perspective.
I found the story in this book incredibly disturbing especially knowing that it happens every day. The way the picture was painted of the villians in this story made my gut twist. These characters were the worst human beings I have ever read about. The main character Hannah is the sweetest girl and reading her story was very compelling.
Wow! What a wonderful book about a horrible tragic topic. It is so disheartening to think that trafficking is still going on today. I felt that I was right beside Hannah cleaning floors, picking up after the children, and just overall feeling the abuse that she must have felt from them and them calling it "privilege".
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