This novel, The Sunken Cathedral, explores the modern social issue of human trafficking. A must read for anyone with a social conscience. A highly polished literary work, it is also a page turner, exposing the suffering and exploitation of the modern slave trade. Highly recommended.
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Lilya, a young girl from a derelict district in Moldova, and Makena, living with her mother in an impoverished part of Nairobi, are lured into human trafficking rings, and forced into prostitution amidst the dazzle and congestion of Soho, London.
Exploited, unrecognized without the official documents their minders have stolen, they endure suffering they could never have imagined; but when they meet, they form a special bond, find imaginative ways to cope, and dream of regaining their freedom.
The Sunken Cathedral explores the darker side of globalization, multiculturalism and economic migration; the perceptions of the West towards foreigners, and of foreigners towards the West. It gives expression to the horrors of sexual slavery and exploitation, and the courage of the young women who endure it, by focusing on the humanity and courage, and above all the unique inner-lives of two girls, out of the thousands embarking on journeys into hell every day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real eyeopener!, November 26, 2011
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This review is from: The Sunken Cathedral (A human trafficking novel) (Kindle Edition)
THE SUNKEN CATHEDRAL is a real eyeopener to the horrible world of human trafficking. The novel hooks you from the very start.
The sad plight and squalor in which the young girls live eats away at you as you realize why they are so susceptible to the terribly unscrupulous male adults that lure them to, seemingly, a better future. As a reader, I agonized over the ways in which these wonderful young girls, so beautifully characterized, were manipulated into making decisions that sealed their fate.
The characters, from the most innocent to the most vile, are are well drawn. I saw them all as real people, and that is what made the read so powerful. You will find yourself agonizing and hoping as you read along. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.