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Trafficked by Kim Purcell
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Dec 18, 11

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Read from December 13 to 16, 2011

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 nightmare.

Even the journey to the Romanian airport was fraught with humilation, but nothing could prepare her for the abject slavery she faces in the nice surburban Los Angeles home, where she works for a jealous Russian woman desperate to pass tests for foreign trained doctors who needs Hannah to care for her toddler boy and 8-year-old girl while she studies. Lillian is very demanding, expecting Hannah up before and much later than the children to see to all the meals and to keep the house scrupulously clean. Hard work might not bother Hannah so much if she got any money to send her babushka, but there is no pay and only a furtive handful of trips outside the house that is her prison, her "room," the garage playroom of the children. Threatened with immigration if she goes to the authorities, she is threatened with the hippopotamus man Paavo, who runs unsavory businesses and keeps a stable of a whole different kind of eastern European slaves. If she can't keep Lillian happy and father Sergey out of her bed, she might fall into the clutches of Paavo and out of the frying pan and into the fire of a brothel existence.

The only window on the world lying just outside her prison is through the neighbor's windows. A blond boy named Colin and his brother and mother have a normal life just out of reach, and she takes risks to meet him.

Teen girl readers will eat up the angst and pitiful situation of a girl in this sensationalized exploitation. It is a little bit of rubber-necking to see just what horrors happen to Hannah and girls like her, but it is an issue worth knowing about; and if it makes comfortable American girls a little more thankful for the easy life so many of them have, that's an additional benefit. Recommend to fans of SOLD, maybe Ellen Hopkins, or the morbidly fascinated legions drawn to A CHILD CALLED IT.
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