4 out of 5 stars
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The Price of Worthlessness by Gloria Eveleigh is the story of a young teen girl, Petra, age fourteen, whose life takes a different direction after she believes she has found true love and finds herself in the middle of human sex trafficking. Seeing that her dad, mom, and Auntie Alison are worried about her weird behaviors, Petra decides to join the netball club at school to please them. Her netball teacher, Mr. Ahmed, connects with her and informs her that his friend, Marvin, is interested in her. When Petra meets Marvin, who is twenty-eight years older than her, their relationship kicks off, as Petra is in love with him. Petra keeps the relationship secret from her family and friends, as she is convinced by her boyfriend, Marvin. She is raped several times at Marvin's apartment and reports the cases to the police, but her evidence is pulled down. Marvin kidnaps her from school, and Petra is trapped in a sex trafficking network. Will she manage to escape?
The kind of love, support, and care Petra receives from her parents, especially her mom, was interesting, and I admired it. Gloria Eveleigh describes the abuse people undergo in human sex trafficking and their lives after that, as seen by Petra's experience of delayed reactions and trauma. I give credit to the author for exposing that and how they can be assisted.
The author's writing style was excellent, and the plot was good as well. The author exposes people in authority who have failed to play their roles and responsibilities, but instead participate in coordinating and being members of sex trafficking. For example, Mohammed Ahmed, a teacher at West Sussex High School, and Chief Inspector Craigen of the West Sussex Police are involved in coordinating and working with an extensive sex trafficking network.
The flaw I didn't like was the part where Petra was raped twice at Marvin's apartment but feared complaining because Marvin would dump her. I mean, who does that? Even if you love somebody that much, you are raped, and your boyfriend accuses you of being the one seducing the person who raped you. When the incident happens again in his apartment, you fear to complain, which is unbelievable. The Price of Worthlessness was exceptionally edited. I will give it 4 out of 5 stars. A star deduction was due to the flaw commented on above.
I recommend this book to parents, mature adults, and the police force to understand the tricks criminals use to conduct human sex trafficking. Horrible crimes such as human trafficking and rape should be heavily condemned in society, and those involved should receive severe punishment.
The Price of Worthlessness
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