My name is Elena and I used to be a human being. Now I am a sex slave. If you are reading this diary then I am either dead or I have managed to escape.Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave is a gritty, gripping, and tear-jerking fictional audiobook, inspired by real victims' accounts and research into the sex trafficking underworld.
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Not helpful or insightful
No. The book was not entertainment and it was not informative. The title sounds like a first hand account. And from the publishers description, I assumed that the book was close to an actual account but "fictionalized" and maybe broadened. It is not. The extent of the author's "research" seems to have been the reading of accounts on the internet and listening to a documentary on television. I had hoped to get an account based on actual events and to thereby obtain deeper insight. I learned nothing more from listening to this book than what anyone that has read a few news articles does not already know. So, it failed as a source of information. It also failed as an interesting story. Characters and events were not sufficiently developed to make for an interesting story or to develop any real bond or understanding with/of the characters. The supposed author of the book was from a small, poor, town in Moldovia. The main character was taught English from books by her father. It was highly unbelievable that she would have had the vocabulary and richness of expression represented in the book. This was a major disconnect that distracted from the believability of the story.
The performance would have been good for another book and setting. However, the reading was too animated and energized to represent a woman dehumanized by trafficking.
Not recommended as fiction and not recommended as a source of information on trafficking. The book is not entertainig and is not educational enough to warrant the time listening.
- Dr. X
Glad it was only 2 hours!
- Iris Benson