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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,286 ratings  ·  311 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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“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
Leah Good
I remember the first time I read about human trafficking. My grandmother received Reader's Digest and often had a copy on her coffee table. As an ever-voracious reader, I often read articles from it since it was the most easily available reading material at her apartment. One week I found an article about a girl in her late teens who came to the United States as a domestic servant and was trapped into a life of domestic slavery. An illegal alien through no fault of her own, she had no one to tur ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Madison Calhoun
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
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
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
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-slj
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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Diana Renn
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a good read albeit not being what I initially thought. The synopsis is very misleading.
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
Jenny Sawyer
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Video review here:

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)
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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,
Courtney Whitefield
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Each year, I love to read as many Gateway nominees as possible. As I poked through the shelf of books in my English classroom this year, this novel caught my eye and I quickly classified it as "to read." However, it wasn't until last week that I to finally finished reading the novel. From cover to cover this book had me on edge. As the remaining number of pages dwindled, I grew more and more tense anticipating the outcome of the story. Hannah's story of trafficking was gripping. Author Kim Purce ...more
K.E. Woodruff
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hannah, a 17-year-old Moldovan girl, is living a difficult yet stable life with her grandmother. But when she is given the opportunity to live in America, how can she refuse? She dreams of making enough money for her grandmother’s surgery. Of living a rich and privileged life. After all, isn’t that the American way of life? The American dream?

But the American dream soon turns into a nightmare. Because she’s more than just a nanny. She’s a slave.

Read my full review here:
Kalvin Lee
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sorrowful, great
This book was beautifully depressing. It showed real world problems in a fiction story. The entire time Hannah was being essentially tortured, she wasn't aware of what was actually happened to her. She wasn't aware of her babulya's (grandmother) death until so long after her torture began and she only accepted the work for her babulya. Beautifully honest story. ...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 me
2024 Josephine
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was very captivating and it held my attention fairly well. However, the summary of the book on the inside of the cover was a bit misleading. The book was very long and not much happened until the very end of the book but the way the characters were developed throughout the book was amazing. You learn the motives of each character and how they ended up in their situations and it is a very eye-opening book. It shows you how much of an industry there is for young people being trafficked a ...more
Judy Welch
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fast read that tells the story of 17 year old Hannah, who dreams of a life in America. Her life over the next few months is far from her dream.
Emma Eckel
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What would you do to take care of the ones you love? Hannah is willing to go across the world from Moldova to Los Angeles, California to work as a nanny. She's promised 400 dollars a week, which she plans to send back home to her "babushka" to save her from getting evicted from her home and to pay for her cataract surgery. When Hannah arrives to America and starts working, the money never comes. She waits and waits but doesn't get paid. The family Hannah works for doesn't let Hannah leave the ho ...more
Amy Barclay
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 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
Erin Wilczynski
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Kaitlyn Rauh
To be honest I picked up this book because I wanted to read through most of, if all of, the gateway books this year. This book was great though. It really opened up and showed a problem that I wasn't very aware of. In the main characters home country they continued to warn the girls about trafficking. She chose to travel to America through illegal means for a better life and to earn money to help her family member. As she was traveling of her own choice, she continued to assure her friend that s ...more
Morgan Pessina
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 stars because I loved it a lot. I really liked how the book developed the characters, you can definitely see how they have changed from the beginning of the book. This story was just so raw and real. The narrator of the story was so honest and it was scary how much I sympathized her. I also liked how it made more than one plot line to follow, and each of them were interesting. While you're worried about her American family she's living in hurting her, you're also questioning h ...more
Emily Benoit
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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.
Natashia Duncan
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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