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Publisher's Summary

Sex trafficking.

Not Thailand. Or the Philippines. Or Russia. 

America.

Rich or poor, black or white, girls disappear across this country every day, pulled into the nightmarish world of prostitution and drugs.

Mex Anderson is back, tasked with finding three missing girls before it's too late. Three girls. Three girls who could live in your town, your neighborhood, or in your own home.

Jayla Imani Thomas is 15. A smart kid from a poor part of town who has to fend for herself. Jayla is headed for college and a better life than her mother had.

Alexis Emily Halston is 17. Money provides everything she wants or needs except functional parents. Alexis has the world by the tail and she knows it.

Olivia Emma Campbell is 12. She's a middle child who dreams of being a veterinarian when she grows up. But right now "Livvy" just wants someone to notice her, maybe even to love her.

Caught up in a cruel system fueled by lust and money, all three young women must find the courage within themselves to survive. And Mex must come to terms with his own loss and face his demons head on - or he might not have the strength to save them.

©2017 Peg Brantley (P)2018 Peg Brantley

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Fiction based on hard reality...

This is a tuff one. Well written book. Hard story to listen to. Good to know that it's fiction. Horrible knowing that this book is based on reality and it happens every day.
With a title like TRAFFICKED it's pretty obvious that this book is about human trafficking. This is about young girls (and some boys) taken from their homes, neighborhoods and friends right here in the US. With the publisher's description and the other reviews I won't recap the actual story.
What I will say is I think the author did a wonderful job. She tells a story about trafficking for sex but the book doesn't get too descriptive. One thing I really liked is that through out the book the author adds what could be footnotes at the beginning on many chapters. I found myself writing these down and looking them up (Examples: Stockholm Syndrome in the Pimp-Victim Relationship By NATALIE KITROEFF , Selling Atlanta's children: What has and hasn't changed
By Jane O. Hansen, Special to CNN ). I think by weaving actual articles into the book increases credibility. Not that it's not believable because it is.
I think a different narrator would have been a good thing.
I paid for this book and did not get it for free. It's worth the credit.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book however for some this may prove to be a difficult read.
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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Opened my eyes

wow, this book is good, a little scary to hear, it will open your eyes to somethings. The story was scary, but very good.! I would recommend this book!

Sandra did a great job reading this story to me!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Hard subject that makes you think.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend kindle version of this book to my friends. (Second such book this week.) The story is very thought provoking and makes you think. It makes you see the underbelly of the country, the side that we typically refuse to acknowledge, thinking such things happen only in 3rd world countries, when in reality it might be happening in your backyard. You feel personally invested in the story and the events happening the characters' lives. You love them, you prey for them and you wish things will get better. So, a thumbs up for that.

But due to some narration issues detailed below, I think reading the book would've been a better option, rather than listening.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration didn't quite matched the mood of this book. Grave situations didn't sound grave and at places, even insignificant sequences were overdone. Pacing was sorta off. Throughout the runtime of the book, the voice kept bugging me somehow. It's not that the voice is shrill or anything. The voice is alright, but didn't quite jell with the story. A different narrator might've done something different.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Gripping! Hard Subject

This gripping book is based on reality not make believe. The facts in the book were eye opening. Because so much of the book is based on truths it gives me a new perspective. This book can give one fears for their children if they do not have good open communication. The character of Mex Anderson in this book was gruff with a good heart. I thought the author did a good job weaving the characters together and dealing with a frightening subject. The narrator did a vey good performance with the various characters. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Engrossing

"Trafficked: A Mex Anderson Novel" (2018) by Peg Brantley is an engrossing story about a pair of romantically involved private investigators who, along with a novelist, try to rescue three young girls abducted and sold as prostitutes. While the rescuers’ activities are told in the third person, all three victims’ stories are told in the first person, making their ordeals more harrowing. Strongly recommended.

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A Hard Listen About an Upsetting Reality

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I would say that this book was time well spent as I believe that even though the book itself is fictional, the subject is not. It is a subject that needs to be discussed and more awareness is needed in the community.

Would you be willing to try another book from Peg Brantley? Why or why not?

I would try another book from Peg Brantley, but it would have to be after a little wait. She is a good author but the subject matter is heavy and can get rather bleak if I don't have a break in between.

What aspect of Sandra Murphy’s performance would you have changed?

I don't think Sandra Murphy's narration gelled with the book. She isn't a bad narrator but I felt that she was over doing it in a lot of parts that started to become distracting for me.

Did Trafficked: A Mex Anderson Novel inspire you to do anything?

Raise more awareness in my community about human trafficking and looking in to what I personally can do to keep myself safe as well as try and help.

Any additional comments?

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review***

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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enlightening about a very serious topic

This story started out light and moved darker quick. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but love to listen to new stuff. This book definitely sheds a light on a very serious topic in way that is easier to handle. The two main characters are raised in two totally different words and thrust into a life nobody would ask for. Mex and his team work hard to find these children and return them home. I loved the facts at the beginning of each chapter.

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Trafficked

I enjoyed this book very much. It was eye opening that Trafficking is still going on in this country. What these girls went through in this book. It was not an easy book to read but I enjoyed it. The investigators conviction to find and help these girls made the story more compelling to me. I am glad I was asked to listen to this audiobook. Even though there is sadness in this story, there is hope, strength and so much more. *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Well written, fictional based reality

This was the 1st book I read by the author and it was very well written and I would read one again. While it is fictional it was based on facts of sexual trafficking in the United States. I highly recommend this book to everyone as it makes you think about what is going on and we all need to be aware of what is happening in our nation. I loved the facts woven in at each chapter as it made the fiction reality and sobering. This is happening and we need to be aware of it. The author did a good job showing how girls sold into sex slavery can go into different paths once sold.


I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the publisher and have voluntarily left an unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Thoroughly researched, harrowing fictional story

First off, if you have triggers based on sexual assault, rape, kidnapping, trafficking, etc. this may not be the book for you. It does not go into graphic detail of these acts, though it is definitely implied and may bother some.

That being said, this book is excellent. It's a fictional story based on how things really work in the world of human traffickers. This story follows three distinct, unique girls (though it's clear that there is a large market for boys, that often goes unspoken), and their journey into sex trafficking and their escape with the help of Mex Anderson and his small crew. It's fast paced and is definitely a story that I wanted to listen to as quickly as possible-it was that good. I also enjoyed the excerpts from various studies , news reports, etc. that Ms. Brantley put at the beginning of each chapter. It was interesting in that I was able to learn some real world facts and figures about trafficking, and helped interweave fact and fiction.

Sandra Murphy did a good job with the narration. She had unique voices for the various characters and I think she handled them well. I'd definitely listen to another of her performances again. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review, but would have gladly paid for this one. I'm eager to read more from Peg Brantley in the future!

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 02-07-18

So very good

This is so good, it's a story that needs to be told. Very true to life, very heartbreaking real. Something that I feel strongly about. I have a lot of books on my kindle, including this now on this subject,
So very well written, great details you can tell the author has done her homework on this subject,
Narratives bySandra Murphy who was was truly outstanding, gave it her all. Beautifully read.
To me it's a story that needs to be told. It happens everywhere, nowhere is this subject safe.

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  • Raven
  • 02-02-18

Gritty Fiction

Not a story for the faint-hearted. This audiobook is about human trafficking and follows the story of three young girls. They are all different ages and from different backgrounds, but all suffer at the hands of their captors, plus they have to deal with the knowledge of the betrayal by someone they trusted.
Mex is the man who is drawn into the case by the wealthy family to investigate the disappearance of their daughter. He soon realises there are other missing girls and makes it his goal to get them back.
Overall I enjoyed the way the story was told and the narrator did a good job. I felt the male character voices could have been a little more masculine, especially Mex. But it didn't put me off continuing. Well worth a listen.
I was given a copy of this audiobook for an honest review.