Review: Trafficked by Sophie Hayes
October 13, 2015
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Trafficked by Sophie Hayes
Sophie Hayes is a young naïve woman; she is simply trying to decipher what it means to be in love. One relationship after another seems to crash and burn. She wonders if her father was right, if she is unlovable. Through it all she has Kas, a man she met by happenstance at a local club one night. Over the years, despite Kas moving from place to place they keep in touch. She confides in him, he gives her advice, he cheers her up when she’s down, he becomes her best friend and confident. They talk on the phone practically every day. He is the opposite of her vile father in every way. Sophie takes a trip to Italy to visit her friend Kas, and finds herself in a dark and unfathomable situation. Kas is nothing like he has lead on, he is a monster and he isn’t going to let her go, not while she is still breathing at least. Sophie must find a way to escape before it’s too late.
Sophie Hayes is just one of thousands of girls worldwide that have been forced into sex trafficking. Her memoir is an example of how an ordinary young lady can fall prey to a very real monster. She is able to illustrate how men like this function by breaking woman down and making them feel powerless. This gripping tale paints a picture of very real nightmare that happens in every country in the world, and the devastating effects on its victims.
It is obvious by the writing style of this memoir that Hayes is not an author, that being said; I don’t feel as though it distracted that much from the overall story. Her storytelling at times is repetitive, rushed and lacking some detail. However, her prose is clear, easy to follow and interesting.
This book really opened my eyes. I have read about sex trafficking, and heard it mentioned on the news, but I don’t think I really ever thought about it until reading this book. It makes me sick to my stomach to know that not only Sophie, but so many other girls are enduring this same type of treatment and worse. Sophie was very fortunate to escape; however, many others aren’t so lucky. I feel like this is a good memoir for young women to read, it may help to raise awareness and save some people from manipulation.
This story has strong adult language and situations. Therefore, I would advise parents to read before allowing their teens to read it.
I’m giving Trafficked 4 of 5 stars