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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
It’s remarkable that a book this compact can leave you reeling and overwhelmed with sadness at the atrocities one human being can inflict upon another. And when the victims of those atrocities are children who haven’t even hit puberty, as in the case of Yuna in Daddy’s Curse: A Harrowing True Story of an Eight Year Old Girl Human Sex Trafficking and Organized Crime Survivor by Luke G. Dahl, that sadness becomes a kind of despair, as the questions of how to stop such atrocities bring no answers.
Yuna is kidnapped, along with a bunch of other children, off the streets of Mongolia and carted away to become a sex slave as part of a human trafficking ring. What Yuna and her slave-mates endure is vile. No amount of stories now emerging as a result of the #MeToo movement comes close to what one will read in Daddy’s Curse. And just why is this book titled “Daddy’s Curse”? That is the twist at the end of Yuna’s story that truly makes your stomach turn.
This book is a very fast read, but an unforgettable one. It’s a story where children’s trust is forever misplaced and, after a while, it seems it doesn’t even matter to the victims anymore, as survival depends on going along with whatever life is doling out to you. Of course, we all know better: it matters, and how! But until these trafficked children are old enough and can somehow find a way to escape their lives, they put up and shut up while they die a little more inside with every rape and atrocity inflicted on their young bodies.
Daddy’s Curse is most definitely not a book for those who want to believe all is good in our world. It most definitely isn’t. The world needs books like this to raise awareness and hopefully, in doing so, it will prompt people to come forward and work toward finding some solutions to human trafficking. Thank you, Luke G. Dahl, for bringing us another important book on a dreadful social issue.