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<b>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 ...</b><br /><br />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 streets ...more
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Published January 19th 2012 by Harpercollins Publishers
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Christa Smith It contains some very graphic details of real-life happenings (sex, violence, harsh language), but also because it's a true story and such tragic things…moreIt contains some very graphic details of real-life happenings (sex, violence, harsh language), but also because it's a true story and such tragic things happen every day (even to girls as young as 12) I think it could teach teens and young adults extremely valuable lessons. Keeping open dialogue with a teen/YA who reads this is very important and helpful as well!(less)
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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, like ...more
<blockquote> <i> <b>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</b></i></blockquote> ...more
NOT TRAFFICKED<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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 chance ...more
<b>Can we just talk about how fucked up all of the Goodreads reviews for this book are?? </b>This girl was literally forced into prostitution and reviewers are saying she wasn't actually a victim and calling her stupid. You guys are fucking disgusting. <br />I get that it's easy to say that you would do everything perfectly in a terrible situation that you have never actually faced, and maybe it's hard to understand the effects of physical and emotional abuse, rape, and sex trafficking when, again, you have ...more
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.<br /><br />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
I did not think I would finish reading this book. I had to stop reading halfway through chapter 7. <br /><br />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 completely ...more
This is a must-read. <br />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.<br />However, the reason that makes Sophie's story educative -and an inspiration to people who've become ...more
Short of it: <br />Would not recommend. <br /><br />Long of it:<br />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. <br /><br />Although she isn't a writer, and therefore it's a touch unfair to criticize her writing, it is unfortunately ...more
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.<br /><br />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 to ...more
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.
Wow. This book is an absolute MUST READ. Sophie's story is extremely eye-opening, horrific and emotional and knowing that she is only one of MANY girls (and boys) who are forced to sell their bodies everyday is truly alarming. <br /><br />Sophie tells her story completely from her own perspective, beginning with how she grew up in a family whose father was not only completely present, but emotionally void. This theme would continue to present itself throughout Sophie's experience. <br /><br />Over the course of a few years, ...more
<a href="http://www.stopthetraffik.org" rel="nofollow"><br> <span>[image error]</span></a><br><br> 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 women ...more
Well, i read this in one day which speaks to both its difficulty (not) and its subject (fairly riveting). i think it is an important story to know - and pay attention to. There are at least 12.5 million people currently in forced labor around the world, and although not all of them are trafficked, many of the youngest are.<br />This is not great literature, but she tells a graphic story without ever crossing the line into TMI. i feel her fear and have seen cases with the same kind of borderline Stockholm ...more
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! <br /><br />She told me to read this and like good husband's everywhere I obeyed :-)<br /><br />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 from ...more
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 escape ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it · 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. <br />I join Sibel Hodge to "applaud Sophie for having the strength and ...more
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
On the positive side, I think I am finally learning to accept that some things cant be changed and theres no point wasting your life wishing they could Sophie Hayes, Trafficked (2012)<br /><br />This is a terrifying story about a British girl who has been brainwashed and trafficked. It is a shocking story. To be frank, I feel a bit anxious during reading this book. From England to Italy, thereafter France and home again, England.<br /><br />Where should I begin here? Okay, basically love will make everyone crazy and blind. ...more
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. <br />It's hard for me to rate this book ...more
Like many other reviewers have said, I HATE to give a poor review to true stories, and I'm sure this (extremely naive) girl had a really, really shitty and horrific experience, but I honestly wanted to slap her for all the times she didn't even ATTEMPT to escape when she could have. <br /><br />I mean, a day or two into her ordeal (waayyy too early to be brainwashed) the cops picked her up, for God's sake, and all she had to do was open her mouth and say something. I mean, how much is your life worth? The first ...more
I hate to say anything negative about Sophie's story, because it is certainly clear that she went through a horrible experience. No one should be treated that way, and clearly the entire planet needs an education on how to respect women as equals.<br /><br />That being said, I think that Sophie was an idiot. I know she had issues with her father, and was looking for love in all the wrong places, but seriously? This Kas guy was a creeper from day one. He was flat out stalking her at the nightclub and the way ...more
I am going to sound like a heartless bitch with this review but trust me, I'm not! <br /><br />I am very unsure about this book, I still don't know wether I liked it or I hated it! <br /><br />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 someone ...more
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. <br /><br />I have read many books on trafficking and this is the longest summary of a victim's personal account.<br /><br />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 brave ...more
I read some of the reviews from others before I started reading this book and initially thought, 'Silly girl who basically went and met a total stranger;' she should have been more careful. After finishing the book, my opinion has changed. Every decision we make, be it good or bad affects our pathway through life and we cannot control the choices that others make. Unfortunately for Sophie, she went through an extremely traumatic period as a consequence of 'choices' and I don't think it's fair for ...more
This was a sad look into forced prostitution. Shows that it can happen to anyone from any upbringing. And she was forced by someone she knew for a long time and thought was a good person. While it is pretty graphic in physical/emotional violence against her, she did keep the gory details of the forced 'job' to a minimum.
Well, I read it in a day. Is it a literary masterpiece? No. It did keep me reading to find out what happens and how she finally gets away. It was also enlightening, because no, you don't think this happens to nice, middle class girls from developed, stable countries. But it clearly does.
While connecting to the reasoning behind Sophie's actions is hard for someone who hasn't been in her position, the way in which she delivers this story is heartwrenching. The cover could have had a stronger concept and delivery behind it as i think it's the weakest aspect. (I only tried this book because i was determined to walk out of the store with something and this was good enough.) I know I'll never get over what i uncovered about Sophie's story and what's going on in the world. Credit to her ...more
“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.”
“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.”More quotes…