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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Sibel Hodge (P)2014 Sibel Hodge

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Not helpful or insightful

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

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.

Has Trafficked turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

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.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Glad it was only 2 hours!

First off the earnest longing tone of the narration is distracting and painful. The character is hallow and underdeveloped. The story while important lacks any visceral description or emotional depth. It is like listening to a made for tv movie read by a soap opera star. I was tolerant because I thought it was a true account, then realized it was a badly written, cliche filled rag of fiction.

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Sad story told by an absolutely amazing narrator!

What made the experience of listening to Trafficked the most enjoyable?

The narrator was phenomenal! She was even able to create an accent to make it sound like she was the woman in the story! The story is a good one as well

What was one of the most memorable moments of Trafficked?

I cannot think of one specific moment that was memorable for me.

What does Ilyana Kadushin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kadushin was phenomenal! I felt like I was literally listening to the female MC reading her diary out loud! The narrator of this book even created an accent to match… her performance was really, really spectacular!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

My preferred genres are dark romance and dark erotica so the majority of the books I have read over the past year have been about men and women forced into sex slavery. When I chose to read TRAFFICKED, I expected it to be similar to the books I usually read; I was wrong. TRAFFICKED is not romance or erotica, it is a sad story. Told in first person, TRAFFICKED is a fictitious diary of a woman's experience while being a sex slave. I was fortunately able to listen to this in audiobook format; the narrator was phenomenal!

Because I am accustomed to reading very disturbing, twisted, dark fiction on this topic, this story did not pull on my heartstrings like it hopefully will for other people. While reading the first 1/3rd of this book, I was extremely moved. The main character's emotions were palpable and moving. I began to feel a bit irritated about 50% into the book, realizing that I was listening to a woman complain about how horrible her life was. It was certainly a horrible life but who wants to listen to how sad someone is for hours!? I also found myself wishing that the word stop worrying about her daughter so much, instead getting busy doing more! She does have reasons for her concern but I saw options for her that you're not explored in the book.

I think this book could be improved by adding more details about events that took place, giving the reader more in depth descriptions of the cruelties the female MC endured. For example, rather than just writing, "he raped me", it would be nice if the author had at least described portions of what happened (was he on top of her, standing up, on a bed, etc.). There was one particular customer who was described more than anyone else but again, I thought that more detail would have made that scene better.

Ms. Hodge did a fantastic job of telling this story in a classy way. Trafficking is not something all people want to read about yet like the author states in her notes, this is a huge, real problem that people need to read about and discuss.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Could have been better

The book had very short chapters and was over before it really began. I feel it lacked substance. Aside from that is was fairly entertaining and somewhat realistic.

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Promotes awareness <br />

Promotes awareness in a very vivid approach that makes the story real and brings it to life. it would have been nice if tips to recognize sex slaves were provided

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Heart wrenching and deeply moving!

It's shocking to know this is going on right beneath the noses of all of us. I don't know what to do besides donating to funds that support trafficking victims. God bless them and help the lucky few who are freed so they remain safe and free always. Read this story.

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Very tastefully told

This is a story that is all too real for so many. It's scary that in this day and age this still goes on!

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Easy to listen & get involved

If you could sum up Trafficked in three words, what would they be?

Terrific first hand story. Heartbreaking, but a great story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Trafficked?

The pain and suffering following by sheer happiness!!

Which character – as performed by Ilyana Kadushin – was your favorite?

The main character who kept the diary.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Broke my heart to hear the pain of her experience. :(

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Chilling!

Sickening to know this happens right here in the USA! This has to stop! Hang on to your children!

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Semi-Accurate Account

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

Probably not. It wasn't bad, I just don't think anyone I know would be interested and I have read nearly 100 books on human trafficking and this is not one of the best....honestly.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

This book is actually quite similar to other fictional human trafficking stories I have read so it was not that original, but it is definitely close enough to some things that could happen. It is rare that a John actually helps out a trafficking victim without in turn becoming her pimp, in all honesty. I think in ways this is accurate and in other ways too nicely completed.

Did Ilyana Kadushin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I liked how she voiced the various people including the accents.

Do you think Trafficked needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Nah. It told the story pretty fully.

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  • Karen Lloyd
  • 02-04-15

Gripping from start to finish!

Wow! Loved this audiobook. I read this book the week previous and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to admit that it's not the genre of book I would usually read/listen to but I have recently become a massive fan of Sibel Hodge's having read some of her other books. I am so glad I read this! I literally couldn't put it down. The story grips you from the start and pulls you into Elena's world. When I listened to the audiobook I found the narrators voice perfectly matched how I imagined Elena's voice to sound and this certainly enhances the feeling that this story is true to life and you immediately empathize with Elena's predicament. The story has exciting parts that keep you wanting to hear more.
I would urge anyone to listen to this audiobook. You will not be dissapointed.
On a serious note it made me aware of the trafficking industry and it really shocked me that this actually happens in today's world. More needs to be done to prevent this from happening and free the poor women that sadly live this terrible life. Thank you for writing such a gripping, thought provoking book Sibel.

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  • Naomi
  • 01-12-15

Can't put it down

brilliant story almost felt like you were reading some one's actual account! I especially liked the author talking about why she wrote it,where her influence came from and the reason why she wrote it the way she had.
xena warrior princess
xxx

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  • Juliet Bentley
  • 07-15-18

Excellent book. Sickeningly gripping.

It was factually written and heart rending. Couldn't wait to hear what happened and was with her in her pain.

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  • Mr. R. Taylor
  • 09-05-16

Trafficked

Where does Trafficked rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very good story but ranks in the middle of my list

What did you like best about this story?

It bought to life the awful life of girls who are tricked into this sort of life

What about Ilyana Kadushin’s performance did you like?

The story was bought to life in a real way

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes