After watching Baht, the documentary on human trafficking, I came across Sold, a novel by Patricia McCormick that tells the story of a young Nepalese girl who is sold by her stepfather into the sex industry.
It is a simple read, accessible to a wide range of readers but because of the nature of the content is probably more suitable for later years students. It deals with the issue of human trafficking in a sensitive and compassionate way, revealing elements that I had not thought of. I felt so much compassion for Lakshmi who was so naive, innocent and trusting and for the other girls in the brothel who all had different reasons for being where they were.
While it is a work of fiction, McCormick spent time in Nepal researching and connecting with women who shared their stories. There is a sense of truth in this story that I believe comes from her attempt to weave the stories that were shared with her by the women that she met into the characters.
An easy read, a good read, but not an 'enjoyable' read because of the confronting themes and the unfortunate truth that this novel reflects the disturbing reality of human trafficking in our world today.