Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave

Rated 4.80/5 based on 20 reviews
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 novella, inspired by real victims’ accounts and research into the sex trafficking underworld.

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Words: 17,950
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465776402
About Sibel Hodge

Sibel Hodge is the author of bestselling romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later. She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she's Wonder Woman! When she's not out saving the world from dastardly demons, she writes quirky chick lit with a hefty dose of screwball comedy. Her other books include My Perfect Wedding, The Baby Trap, The Fashion Police (Amber Fox Mystery), Be Careful What You Wish For (Amber Fox Mystery), Voodoo Deadly (Amber Fox Mystery), and How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room (and other short stories).

Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, and nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

Praise for Fourteen Days Later:

"A very good read." "Very enjoyable and fresh." - Trisha Ashley, Novelist.

"Well-written." "You excel at physcial comedy." - Cornerstones

"This was a hilarious romance! I had a hard time putting this one down because I never knew what funny catastrophe or line would come next." - The Cajun Book Lady blog

"This story was impossible for me to put down." Coffee Time Romance and More

Praise for The Fashion Police:

"In this cleverly written book, the reader is taken on a variety of plot twists with a missing fashion designer, crazy mobster stalkers, and a police officer on the war-path. Sexy Amber Fox is on the case and it will take all her female wit and feminine ways to stay ahead of the game. The novel was entertaining and enjoyable. A recommend for anyone." Hot Gossip Hot Reviews

"A witty well-paced romp, full of energy and with plenty of satisfying twists and turns."
Romantic Novelists' Association

"I enjoyed the great mixture of action adventure and slapstick. I found myself chuckling out loud and on one occasion snorting water out my nose. " Coffee Time Romance and More.

"Hodge created a lovely chick-lit/thriller storyline that reminds me of Charlaine Harris' Lily Bard mysteries that I love to eat up." - The New Podler Review of Books

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Review by: Reesa Mckenzie on Feb. 07, 2013 :
Thisbook touched me. It made me experience the anguish the the young lady was going through. It is a pity the sex slave industry gets away with so much and all because of corruption. This book open my eyes to alot of thing. Well written.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Miller on June 03, 2012 :
Reading this will make you not only extremely angry but also (hopefully) will move you to try and help. This work of fiction is based on parts of true events for some people and sadly this happens everyday in every country including the USA. All I can say is that I am gratefully more lurid details about the actual assaults was not included. Well written and good read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Pamela Terry on Jan. 18, 2012 :
An absolutely gripping and heart-felt story. Sibel Hodge's intention in writing this book is to bring awareness to the forefront in regards to sex-slave trafficking. Of this outcome, she has been successful.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: wistfulskimmie on Oct. 11, 2011 :
This is the story of a young woman who, promised the job of a lifetime, ends up being trafficked to Italy and being sold as a sex slave. It is written in diary form and tells of her life therein and what happens to her.

First off, may I issue a warning? This story is utterly heartbreaking. Some of the things that happen to Elena are truly horrific but somehow she never quite loses hope that she will be reunited with her daughter again. Being written in diary form I could see her in my head and I truly felt the things she was going through. I am not ashamed to admit I was in tears in places.

This is somewhat of a departure for this author as she is best known for her chick-lit novels. All I can say is 'Well done Sibel. This is an amazing novella and the jump from chick-lit to serious has been made successfully!'

I urge everyone to read this so more people are aware of this terrible trade in human lives. It must be stopped and can only be stopped if more are aware that it is going on. Well done, and thank you Sibel for opening my eyes.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Shadow Kohler on Sep. 12, 2011 :
This story is so sad. Sibel writes a story so packed with emotion and the trauma sex slavery causes. I cried through out this story. She raises awareness on how you can't trust others at face value, to be careful and take a look at something that seems to good to be true..because in most cases, it is. Snatched from home, Elena endures some one the worst abuse imaginable. Beat on a daily basis, rape hourly, belittled and threaten at every turn, life is a nightmare. Forced to endure her captures abuse, she must play their game in order to save her mother and daughter. One slip-up, and they are gone. How much, is too much? This story shows a woman's struggle to hang on, to fight and survive, to live. This was a gripping story, filled with emotion. This book is not for the faint-hearted. It'll make you cry, it will piss you off and it will make you want to get even. What I loved about this book, Elena endures so much and she came out stronger than ever, happy, with her daughter in her arms.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sue Leonhardt on Sep. 11, 2011 :
Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave,by Sibel Hodge is an amazing book that must be read. It is the story of Elena who is kidnapped and trafficked to work in the sex business. I read this book in one sitting, as was totally caught up in the story.Written in the first person, in the form of a diary similar in style to the Diary of Anne Frank, it takes the reader right into the mindset of Elena. The reader shares her distress, her worries, her pain, and her fears. I felt the pain and anguish she was left to endure.Everyone needs to take a moment and read this book, and realize how lucky we are to have the life we have.It gives us a greater appreciation for what is really important in our life.A definate 5 Star rating. Sibel Hodge is an amazing writer.Thank you so much for allowing me to read your book.(
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on Sep. 05, 2011 :
Sibel Hodge paints a vivid picture of a woman caught up in a global travesty of our time: Sex-Slave Trafficking. Using the Diary format to tell Elena's story of betrayal, helplessness, and degradation, Hodge sheds light on an industry that preys on thousands of young women every day. Using a novelist's skill, we come to care for Elena quickly. Women readers can easily relate to Elena and how she feels caught in the trap of prostitution. The piece is gritty, but not gruesome. I read it in one sitting. It left me feeling like I wanted to DO SOMETHING, which I imagine was the reason Sibel diverted from her usual chick-lit fare to tackle a serious subject. Hopefully, the pen truly is mightier than the sword, and "Diary" will help raise awareness and action against one of the most shameful elements of modern times. Change begins with resolve. I admire Sibel Hodge for devoting her time and talent keeping this issue in the spotlight.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mia Koenig on Sep. 05, 2011 :
Very well written! Descriptive enough for the reader to know what was happening, but the subjects was handled sensitively. It was explicate enough to tell how horrible the character's experiences were and not romanticized at all. This book is a real eye-opener.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Goehl on Sep. 04, 2011 :
Heart wrenching and well written, Sibel Hodge's novella is a eye opener to a hush hush problem plaguing our world. My heart was breaking for Elena, and also for her mother and daughter. Kidnapped and then sold into the sex trade business was not the life Elena had wanted for herself but she knew she had to be strong for her mother and daughter, who had no idea this had happened to her. With the threat that these "monsters" would kill her family is she didn't do as she was told, Elena must succumb to being raped and beaten. Dreams of her daughter seem to be the only thing getting her past each day and night.
Day by day Elena keeps hoping that this nightmare will end and she can hold her daughter in her arms again until a recently widowed client only looking for someone to hold becomes Elena's savior and rescuer.
Although this novella is fiction, it is happening right now somewhere. Quite frankly, as the step-mother to three girls, it scares the crap out of me. What is more frightening is the fact that some of the brothel's clients, men in 'power' positions, turn a blind eye to what is happening.
A wonderfully written short story that will grip your heart and make you hug your daughter's just a little tighter.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Martin Lake on Sep. 03, 2011 :
Sibel Hodge should be applauded for tackling this difficult and emotive subject. Trafficking is one of those things which everyone knows takes place but few people want to face. This novella relates the experiences of Elena, a young woman who has been snatched from her village and taken into a life of sexual servitude.

Hodge avoids sensationalism and sentimentality by writing in a restrained and controlled style. This serves to heighten the brutality and squalor of Elena's new life. Slowly but surely we experience a terrible atmosphere of claustrophobia, hopelessness and despair. For a male reader, the most disturbing thing is the collusion of the many men she comes into contact with, whether users of her sexual favours, taxi-drivers and even policemen.

I would have liked for the control and restraint in the writing to have been relieved at the height of the story as Elena's heroism is in danger of getting a little lost in the objectivity of the prose. I also thought that the character of Jamie would have benefited from a more in-depth analysis of his character and motivation. However, I am aware that this may have removed the focus from the objective description of the dreadful life which Elena has been condemned to live.

This is an honest, tough and unremittingly recital of the inhumanity which some men descend to. All is not hopeless, however, and this well-judged and nuanced book allows us to see that a glimpse of better things in the end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: liz davidson on Sep. 02, 2011 :
I bought this book to take away on holiday with me, but stupidly decided to read the first few pages as soon as I had down loaded it, I ended up reading the whole book in one session! This is a gripping tragic and moving account of this horrific crime against women. It was well written and drew me in immediately. This is an author I will follow with great interest!
Well done Sibel!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Oladell on Sep. 01, 2011 :
I loved the book. I read it in one sitting. I just wished it would of been a lot longer. Great writing. It kept me glued until the ending.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Aynoit Ashor on Aug. 26, 2011 :
Another story bringing light to the underground world of human trafficking.

Elena's diary brings you into the horrific world of a sex slave and makes one wonder if those missing persons reports should be reports of possible sexual exploitation.

Bravo Sibel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Darcia Helle on Aug. 23, 2011 :
Trafficked is a compelling piece of fiction. Written in the form of a diary/memoir, Elena takes us with her as she's kidnapped and sold as a sex slave. Sibel Hodge does an excellent job of balancing the entertainment of fiction with the truth of this all too horrifying black market industry. Hundreds of thousands of woman and children are being bought and sold all over the world each year. I commend Hodge for stepping into this dark territory and shining a much needed spotlight.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Chris Longmuir on Aug. 18, 2011 :
This is a book that must be read. It is the story of Elena who is kidnapped and trafficked to work in the sex business. It is a dark, hard-hitting story that pulls no punches. Written in the first person, in the form of a diary similar in style to the Diary of Anne Frank, it takes the reader right into the mindset of Elena. The reader shares her distress, her worries, her pain, and her fears. It succeeds on all levels as a story and I wouldn't be surprised if it became a classic.
I have no hestation in recommending this. Sibel Hodge is a writer to watch.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: vanessa eric on Aug. 18, 2011 :
Although the book was surprisingly short, it possessed the fundamentals that made it achingly incredible. The plot, various settings and lively characters all fused well and shaped to work perfectly with the theme of the story. With the story written in a diary style, of course using first person perspective, Hodge took her readers to a rare journey that touches and break the hearts all at the same time through the eyes of Elena, the victim to whom the diary belongs. While reading, I could feel the victim’s emotions pouring through; her sadness, frustration, anger and fear bundled into a giant seemingly endless burden. Hodge really did a great job in describing everything, no matter how explicit it was.

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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Laura Warren on Aug. 17, 2011 :
When I read the first page of Sibel Hodge’s Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave, I knew to proceed with caution. Hodge notes that the novella is inspired by “real victims’ accounts and research into the sex trafficking underworld.” I wondered if Hodge would be able to engage the reader while drawing attention to the actual issue or, on the contrary, entertain readers with a story loosely based on an important issue à la Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Not to disparage Larsson’s juxtaposition of a touchy subject with an entertaining storyline but the socially conscious writer must realize the importance of balance and these two possible outcomes when writing a book with a phrase like “sex slave” in the title.

Fortunately, the novella does seem more focused on bringing attention to the issue rather than simply entertaining readers. While the story is obviously engaging, as evidenced by my finishing the fifty-three pages in one sitting, I do have one suggestion for improvement. Rather than being told that “people [are] going about their life as if everything in the world is normal” (pg. 12) or having it pointed out how unnatural it is for a woman to be a part of the trafficking industry (pg.6), I wish I was provided with the sensory descriptions and/or details necessary for me to make these conclusions myself. Readers, by their very nature, have the imagination necessary to draw conclusions or understand irony on their own. The novella may have been more successful at drawing attention to the horrors of sex slavery and the trafficking industry by allowing the reader to use these innate skills more often. Once, when she has obviously gone through a horrid ordeal, Hodge’s main character, Elena, does make the following statement: “I have not written much because I do not want to describe the things they make me do. You can imagine every depravity and increase it a hundred times, then you will understand” (pg. 16). From that statement I know that Hodge has faith in her readers' imaginations. I just wish she would have more readily relied on it throughout the novella.

In conclusion, I laud Hodge, a self-described “chicklit” author, for stepping outside of her preferred genre to draw attention to such an important, under-addressed twenty-first century issue. By doing this herself, she will most likely draw the attention of a whole readership who may not have been aware of the pain and suffering many women across the world still go through today in the unfortunately enduring practice of sex slavery.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: an80slady6886 on Aug. 17, 2011 :
This is a short novella of approximately 100 pages. It takes a hold of you right from the start and keeps you hooked until the end. I finished this in less than a day and if I had the time to sit would have read it in one sitting of maybe an hour or so. Overall, it seems we...ll researched and well written and it reminds me of a documentary I once saw on PBS. This is the first book I read by this author, who has mainly written chick-lit, which this book definitely is not. It is not a comfortable book to read, but once you start reading you want to keep reading. It is quite sad to think many girls in poor countries (even in Europe) are tricked and forced into this.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Leigh Mitchell on Aug. 12, 2011 :
This is the first book I have read by Sibel Hodge and follows a different track from her usual chick lit genre.

It follows the tale of Elena from Moldova who is tricked by her best friend into thinking she is going for a better life for herself, her mother and her young daughter in Italy when infact she is going to be a sex slave.

Written in a diary format you can feel the emotion in Elena as if it were a real diary, this book may be fiction, however this sort of thing does happen in real life to many women.

Definitely worth a read for the insight into these thousands of poor women who are taken from their homes and thrown into a life of violence where they are too scared to try and escape for fear of what will happen to the families they left behind.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Naomi Blackburn on Aug. 10, 2011 :
Bravo, Sibel, Bravo..I read this book in one sitting(granted it is only 90 pages). I could not tear my eyes from it. To call it heartbreaking and gutwrenching I don't think covers it.

Anyone who is familiar with Sibel's work knows this is a whole new genre she is writing in...yet, as with the bulk of her work, she has pulled it off masterfully!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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