Sold by Patricia McCormick
Then Lakshmi's family is left without the little they have, and her step-father takes her to a beautiful stranger from the city. But the stranger is not who she says she is, and Lakshmi ends up as a prostitue in India. Will she ever see her mother again or the mountains guarding her village home?
This story was gripping and deeply moving. Although it's fiction, it is based on fact and opened my eyes to the horrors of sex trafficking that is still going on today to unknowing children and their sometimes unkowning families.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who is interested in sex trafficking, but especially to those who don't know anything about it. It is a quick, raw look at the horrible business occurring all over the world. I will say that the ending did not leave me feeling fulfilled, but maybe it was written that way, as my sister said, to lead us to action. Read this story! Then tell me what you did about it. :)