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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
Asha leaves her North Carolina home to spend a summer working with orphans in India. While there, Asha meets 16-year-old Rani who was stolen and forced into human trafficking. Asha’s main goal is to free Rani, despite the warnings from one of the workers, Mark. Because she continues to go behind Mark's back to rescue Rani, Asha puts herself and everyone else at the orphanage in severe danger. Thankfully, the night she was to carry out her rescue plans, Mark followed her, and rescued her from being caught and punished by those who owned Rani. They were all devastated, wondering what the severe punishment would be for Rani in her attempt to escape the orphanage. Would she live to survive her punishment?
In Stolen Women, Kimberly Rae deals with one of the most horrible issues anyone has to go through, and that is human trafficking, or sexual slavery. This is not an easy book to read because of the heartbreaking issues this young girl, along with others, had to face on a daily and nightly basis because the person that abducted them from their families now owned them. Ms. Rae did a fantastic job of dealing with the dangers of someone trying to help these young people, and at the same time, showed ways in which they can be helped in a safer way. For me, reading this book was like reading a real life account in a news story, it was just that good! The characters are so realistic and believable, I grew to love them, and felt as though I was in the story with them.
I appreciate Kimberly Rae for tackling an issue such as this, and I think this book is for everyone to read. We all need to know what is really going on in our world, and books such as this, even though fiction, are awesome ways to find out. There are references at the end of the book for those who want to help this cause, and help rescue those in real life who are victims of human trafficking. I highly recommend this book to everyone.