Newly heartbroken and searching for purpose in her life, Abby Monroe is determined to make her mark as a UN worker in one of the world’s most unstable cities: Peshawar, Pakistan. But after witnessing the brutal murder of a woman thrown from a building, she is haunted by the memory of an intricate and sparkling bracelet that adorned the victim’s wrist.
At a local women’s shelter, Abby meets former sex slaves who have miraculously escaped their captors. As she gains the girls’ trust and documents their horrifying accounts of unspeakable pain and betrayal, she joins forces with a dashing New York Times reporter who believes he can incriminate the shadowy leader of the vicious human trafficking ring. Inspired by the women’s remarkable bravery—and the mysterious reappearance of the bracelet— the duo traces evidence that spreads from remote villages of South Asia to the most powerful corners of the West, risking their lives to offer a voice to the countless innocents in bondage.
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (November 6, 2012)
- ISBN: 9711451669121
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A nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and writer, Roberta Gately has served in war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan. She has written extensively on the subject of refugees for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, as well as a series of articles for the BBC Worlds News Online. She speaks regularly on the plight of the world’s refugees and displaced.
An deeply emotional topic, human trafficking. Yet, it happens every day around the world, even our own backyards, while we are somewhat oblivious.
This book is about a UN worker and a reporter who try to do more. I use the word try very loosely, as its' the most difficult task to take on. Terror, fear, and more bone-chilling feelings are most of what you take out of a situation as that one. Having to find a way to stay safe and get word out about what is happening, reminds me why most of the world keeps quiet about these things. Even if it's so wrong to do so.
It makes for great reading, but what a terrible life!! Though this is fiction, somewhere in the world it is some young girls' reality. That's all I keep thinking about. This book makes me want to help, and do more... just like the UN worker and the reporter.
Any rate, that is also not much of a realistic idea... though nice as it is.
This is one of those books that some will love and others will not.
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