Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Review: Bought & Sold by Megan Stephens

Title: Bought and Sold
Author: Megan Stephens
Publisher: Harper Element
Publication Date: 29 January 2015
Pages: 304
Genres: Non-Fiction, Memoir

Bought & sold

A heart-stopping story of lies, brutality and fear. British girl Megan Stephens tells the true story of how an idyllic Mediterranean holiday turned into an unimaginable nightmare when she was tricked into becoming a victim of human trafficking and held captive for six years by deception, threats and violence.

Too frightened and bewildered to trust or reach out to anyone, Megan remained locked in a world of brutality and abuse for six years. In the end, there only seemed to be one way out.

Megan’s powerful story reveals the devastating realities of human trafficking and the fear that imprisons its victims more effectively than any cage could ever do.
Megan's story sent chills down my spine.
Human trafficking is something that you hear about in the news but you never really quite understand just how much it actually happens.

This story is brutally honest, full of details that are very hard to read. This type of book is not for the easily affected or faint of heart. It details emotional, physical and sexual abuse, it is a story that deeply shocks,  giving the reader an insight into the sick world of human trafficking for sex.

An intimate portrait of the brainwashing and control of a 14 year old victim - at points the story is hard to believe. Megan had many chances to escape but she did not, nor did she ever believe that Jak, (the man she initially fell in love with) never really loved her. Its not something a person can understand unless they have been victim to the kinds of abuse Megan was subjected to. I also found it hard to understand why her mother would leave her 14 year old daughter in Greece - that was so utterly beyond me.

Nonetheless, this is a gripping read and an excellent cautionary tale.

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