Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British Girl Forced into the Sex Trade
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Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British Girl Forced into the Sex Trade

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When Sophie Hayes met Bledi she knew he'd change her life – but she had no idea how much. At first, it was a typical whirlwind romance. But one day Bledi told her that love always comes at a price ...

Bledi tricked Sophie into travelling to Italy, where he forced her to sell her body to help him pay off a debt. Terrified and ashamed, Sophie worked the dangerous Italian stre...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published January 19th 2012 by Harpercollins Publishers
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Stacia (out of inspiration)
It's easy to dismiss girls who work on the streets as deadbeats or drug addicts without ever thinking about why they're working as prostitutes. And the truth is that many of them have been trafficked and they work long, exhausting, miserable, soul-destroying hours for men who are cruel and violent. They're constantly afraid, not just because of what might be done to them if they don't do what they're told, but also because of the very real threats that are made against their families and the p
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Sibel Hodge
Last year I wrote Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave to try and raise awareness about trafficking so after my research for it I was expecting a lot of the horrific ordeal that Sophie describes in her book, but many others will not be. The truly scary thing is that trafficking is a huge global problem, and yet many people aren't aware of it, or they often assume that it happens just to people from poor countries. Sophie's story shows this isn't the case. She is an educated British woman who, li...more
Jenny
This is a must-read.
It's one of the few books that has actually got to me. I had known what trafficking is since I was a teenager and felt terrible that this was happening in our days. However, I had never truly taken a moment to think about it in real terms. 'Trafficked' gave me a chance to actually sit and think of all the horror that women and children who are forced into sex slavery go through.
However, the reason that makes Sophie's story educative -and an inspiration to people who've becom...more
James
NOT TRAFFICKED

This book is not about a girl who has been Trafficked, this is a book about a silly girl who is desperate to have affection from her father, who WANTS to be controlled and enjoys being dominated.

When i picked up this book i expected to read a harrowing story, i imagined a girl who had been kidnapped and taken off to a place like Africa, Congo, or in the remote areas of Russia, a girl who was tied to a bed, in a locked room and forced to have sex with various guys, a girl with no ch...more
Sara
I did not think I would finish reading this book. I had to stop reading halfway through chapter 7.

Horrible things happened to this woman, but so much of it happened because of bad choices that she made. She knew from the first moment she ever saw Kas that he was trouble. She had a bad feeling about him and initially listened to her gut and kept away from him. She had an inner intuition that told her to stay far, far away from this guy. Yet, over a 4 year period, she allows him to worm his way c...more
Michelle
I don't think I have ever read a book that frustrated and pissed me off more than this one. I have to be truthful on how I feel so you may not want to continue reading this review. I'm sure I'm bound to piss someone off and be accused of being a cold bitch.

First I would like to say that NO ONE deserves to be treated the way she was. That was total bullshit and my personal opinion is the best thing for Kas would have been a bullet right between the eyes. If anyone did not deserve to breath it was...more
MissChievous
This book is about a young British woman, Sophie, who is lured to Italy by a long-term friend named Kas and then kept against her will, beaten, and forced into prostitution on the streets in Italy.

I've always been interested in the gruesome reality that is sadly part of our world, and it's with awareness that we can maybe stop human trafficking and forced prostitution. But a part of me really disliked Sophie, and couldn't fathom why she made such poor choices in her life, so it was hard for me t...more
Lacey Blodgett


Interesting and sad story... But since the author is not a writer, it felt like she kept saying the same things over and over... I am glad she was able to get her life back... I just didn't enjoy the writing.
Simon
Trafficked is not the type of book I would normally read but it came highly recommended by a work colleague. I read it within 2 days and found it a rather strange experience.

The idea of an English girl being forced into the sex trade and the control her Albanian "boss" had over her sounds like a dodgy Liam Neeson film but it's all true. It goes against the stereotype of Third World country citizens being trafficked into the West and the idea of a British girl being trapped in Italy seems ludicro...more
Lori
Trafficked is a book that I picked up via NetGalley. I was in the mood for some non-fiction, and the premise of this true story seemed to be one that I could read without being bored to pieces. What I found inside was the story of Sophie, and her hardships. While moving, it wasn't punch in the gut as I expected. Possibly because of my anthropology background I have come to expect the worst from the human race and am not surprised by the way we treat each other.
It's hard for me to rate this book...more
Sue
First off it is obvious that Sophie Hayes is not an author but I liked this book for the honest way the story is told. It is very sad & disturbing. The atmosphere is captured very well and makes you really feel for this poor girl. All through the book you can't help but rant and ask her "Why don't you stand up for yourself?, Why don't you run away or tell someone?" It is hard to fathom that someone could so easily take over your life and make you so helpless. Of course eventually she does es...more
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I was getting so angry at Sophie for not running away! It was a very fustrating story to read till I was reading the answers to the questions I had in mind I wanted ask Sophie. As soon I wanted to ask more questions, there in the next one or two sentences Sophie had answered them as if she had read my mind! That was the main reason I had read this book in one day! I just couldn't put this book down. Sophie is so brave to be able to tell her story. Her story just proves that wemen...more
Vik
This book was lying around in my holiday villa, my wife picked it up first and read it in about a day and a half. I think that's the fastest I've ever seen her read a book!

She told me to read this and like good husband's everywhere I obeyed :-)

A day later, I'm glad that I did! The book is the true story of Sophie Hayes and how she got forced into the sex trade. She's npt what you would think of the typical type of woman who would be trafficked, she's a white, well educated middle class girl fro...more
Daniel
Dec 09, 2012 Daniel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Shuxian Lim
This book is an eye opener. I used to think of trafficked sex slaves as being locked up indoors and mostly in or coming from poor countries. It's not as simple as that. The working girl who seems to be going around the streets freely might be controlled by paralysing fear, constant arbitrary violence and threats to her family, in an environment were stopping to think and stopping to make decisions is both saver and more bearable.
I join Sibel Hodge to "applaud Sophie for having the strength and...more
Nora
Short of it:
Would not recommend.

Long of it:
It's uncomfortable to say anything bad about someone's story. One, because they lived through it. Two, because no matter how good or poor of a writer, you can never truly put yourself in the author's shoes. But at the risk of sounding like a cold-hearted bitch, Sophie Hayes could have benefited from a little less repetition and a little more detail.

Although she isn't a writer, and therefore it's a touch unfair to criticize her writing, it is unfortun...more
Charley
I thought this book was very poorly written and Sophie's actions frustrated me at times. Yes Kas had tremendous power over her but she was still able to speak with her mother who even gave her the out of Aunt Lindy. Yet she didn't take it. In France while he was gone she could have gone to the embassy. I am glad her story was one of survival but I wouldn't recommend it.
Kirra-jade Pincham
I am going to sound like a heartless bitch with this review but trust me, I'm not!

I am very unsure about this book, I still don't know wether I liked it or I hated it!

I felt like she was repeating herself the whole time. One minute he would do something to break her spirit and she would say she didn't care anymore but then 10 pages later he would do something else to her and that would break her spirit! It was just very frustrating! At the same time there were many chances for her to tell some...more
Justin
Trafficked is a heartbreaking memoir about Sophie Hayes, a British victim of criminal sex trafficking.

When she went to visit her seemingly charming boyfriend Kas in Italy, everything appeared to be picturesque. However, after a short period of time, she succumbs to a state of shock and panic when Kas turns his back on her. Enraged and overwhelmed over an enormous illegal drug debt, he forces Sophie into prostitution so she can provide him with the money he claims to so desperately need.

Real, po...more
Taylor
This book is great for raising awareness to the cause. I see multiple reviews stating that this book is about a stupid girl that just didn't want to get away. If you actually read the book you'd see that even she questions herself as to why she never ran when given the chance. She was terrified for her life, her brothers and any of the other evil things Kas might do to her. Don't be so ignorant and say that she is just a dumb girl that wanted this. You try to think about yourself in that type of...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Trafficked is an amazing story of courage, strength, and the will to survive. It amazes me when I see these stories on the news and read about them. I mean how does a person get taken and forced into being a sex slave? I find it scary that things like this happen.

When I read Sophies story I was utterly frozen in time because I could not stop reading it was like a train wreck I needed to see what happened and why they happened. In Trafficked we get the real story of a sex slave Sophie. Sophie be...more
Dalene
First, I would like to thank Netgalley for this book to read for an honest review. This book is not a work of fiction so cannot nor should not be reviewed as you would a work of fiction. My five star comes from this woman has the strength to share her story with the world, even those that would criticize and say I would have done this I would have done that. The truth is no one knows what they would do in the situation until they are in it. I know abuse, physical, mental, and verbal, I have surv...more
Bronwyn Smith
Clearly not a slick tale written by a professional author, Sophie's book is rather a brutally honest and compelling tale of her descent into a hell imposed on her by a man who is either insane or simply evil.
I found the book fascinating (read it in three hours on a plane and a bus), tragic (shed a sneaky tear on the bus...) and somewhat of a mind**** (how can this stuff happen to someone from a background like hers?)
I found myself desperately wishing she would take more control of life and get t...more
Kerry Connelly
Really good book and quite well written. Never a dull period where you want to stop reading.
I was glad to learn of how Sophie finally got out of the situation she was in but really wished and still hope one day that Sophie gains the strenghth to give evidence against Kas- the man who basicly kidnapped her then forced her into prostitution in Italy (and France).

The one thing I found confronting in this book was the ammount of phyysical abuse Sophie suffered at the hands of Kas, I found the book m...more
Amy H
i have to say i am a big researcher on sex trafficking and since i have a criminal justice degree i love reading books documentaries.

i got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


this book is not for the weak minded. this book will make you cry, and it will make you think why didn't you do anything to help yourself. first off i have to say millions of run a ways, teenagers, or even adults can become a victim. look at prostitutes, some might no have a choice of what they do...more
*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
If you think that all victims of human trafficking are from poor, uneducated families think again. Sophie Hayes was a well educated young woman with a lot going for her. She had no idea that the friendship she had spent years cultivating would turn into the horrible six month nightmare that she survived.
This is by far the best book I have ever read from the personal view of a human trafficking survivor. If this is a topic that interests you, and you feel strongly about don't pass this book by.
At...more
Renee
Subject matter made this a difficult read. Sophie's story brought forth so many emotions for me. Fear, anger, desparation, hope, gratitude. I can't begin to imagine the horror victims endure in this type of situation.

I hope and pray that Sophie continues to heal and share her story to raise awareness and provide hope to others.
S
You - unless you're Sophie or a victim of human trafficking - CAN never ever understand what she's been through. You can never understand why she never attempted to escape. Never attempted to inform anyone when Kas showed up in Leeds.

I have read many books on trafficking and this is the longest summary of a victim's personal account.

I started reading on human trafficking with Victor Malarek's The Natashas. There's no way I can imagine myself being a survivor at all - if I were in any of those b...more
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
Human trafficking is the fastest-growing form of organized crime and an extremely lucrative business, second in scope only to the drug trade. If you think that this violation of human rights is limited to specific geographical areas and particular strata of society, think again. Sophie Hayes is the living proof that modern-day slavery hides everywhere. Please visit MINA'S BOOKSHELF for a review http://minadecaro.blogspot.com/2014/0...
Desiree
This was quite the compelling read! It is a definite page turner that seems impossible to put down. I kept reading to find out what happened to Sophie. And, after I was done, I found my other books weren't holding my attention as much as this book!

The subject matter is disturbing, but I feel that it was written in a very accessible way. It is not extremely graphic and not full of explicit scenes. It was able to convey the degradation and humiliation in as tasteful a way as possible. It is hard t...more
Shelley
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!!!!!

It is so hard to believe that this actually happens in this world we live in. The place that we should all feel safe appears to be the place that we should all fear :(

The first thing I did was speak to my two teenage daughters and we agreed on our safe word, the same as the book "How is Auntie Linda?" Of course they think that it is silly and that something like that would never happen to them...so that tells me loud and clear my girls need a lot of education.

I...more
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“It's easy to dismiss girls who work on the streets as deadbeats or drug addicts without ever thinking about why they;re working as prostitutes. And the truth is that many of them have been trafficked and they work long, exhausting, miserable, soul-destroying hours for men who are cruel and violent. They're constantly afraid, not just because of what might be done to them if they don't do what they're told, but also because of the very real threats that are made against their families and the people they love.” 4 likes
“Part of the problem was that I couldn't seem to get past the fact that I hadn't tried to escape from Kas. Even in France, when he'd left me on my own for several days, I'd carried on working [as a prostitute] and doing all the things he'd told me to d. And although I knew that it was because of the fear he'd so carefully and deliberately instilled in me, I still felt as though I'd somehow colluded in what had happened to me - despite knowing, deep down, that nothing could have been further from the truth.” 3 likes
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