Trafficked

Trafficked

by Kim Purcell

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Trafficked by Kim Purcell

Hannah has struggled ever since her parents were killed and her beloved uncle vanished. So when she's offered the chance to leave Moldova and become a nanny for a family in Los Angeles, it seems like a dream come true-and at first it is. But after weeks of working sixteen-hour days and not being able to leave the house, she still hasn't been paid. As things go from bad to worse, Hannah realizes that things are not at all what they seem and she finds herself doing things she never imagined herself capable of. But as she begins uncovering the family's crooked history, she may be exposing more than she bargained on-and putting her life in danger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142424162
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/07/2013
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 501,525
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.08(d)
Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kim Purcell is a novelist, journalist and teacher. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Westchester, New York.

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Trafficked 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went thru so many emotions reading this book. Sadness, anger, and relief.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
   Trafficked was a breath of fresh air. I haven't read a contemporary on this topic, and I think that Ms. Purcell did a wonderful job portraying it.      I felt for Hannah, the main character so much. She didn't come from a life of priveledge, she'd lost her parents, and she thought that a new start in the US would be good for her. Little did she know what would await her.      The family that she ends up with seemed normal enough at first, but you quickly realized that there was a lot brewing under the surface. Sergei, the father, her supposed uncle, shows her unexpected kindness here and there, but he is still a part of the whole scheme. Then there is Lillian, who is a good mom when she wants to be, but so untrusting of her husband, and then the work that she forces Hannah to do-- the hours, the chores, not getting paid, keeping her in the house, among other things.     It painted a grim picture, and I felt so much for Hannah, but also admired her because she kept showing resiliance, and a will to figure things out. She also was so good with the kids, Michael and Maggie, befriending and caring for them in such a tender way.      It of course, had to get to a pretty dark place before things could turn around for Hannah, and while I was def glad to see her story had an ending that didn't break my heart, what does break my heart is that people--teen and children are still living like this all around the world, and even in our country.  Bottom Line: Chilling dive into human trafficking.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
“Trafficked” is one of those books that should come with a warning. It will keep you up way past your bedtime and have you thinking about it every second of every day until you’ve finished reading it, and then some more. It is a superb read. Every emotion conceivable is what this book will bring out in you. Or at least, that’s what it did for me. This book was utterly amazing! It was such an eye-opener and the level of research done for this novel must’ve been astounding because it shows. It doesn’t get any more real than this. I don’t even know where to start without bombarding you with all that I loved about this book. The catch-phrase on the back cover reads: “The American dream becomes a nightmare”. As appropriate as this proved to be for this novel, that statement is open to interpretation. Us privileged people would feel that Hannah was justified to feel the way she did and act in the manner she did, but others less fortunate might feel that she had it easy and would put up with Lillian’s abuse with a smile. I rooted for Hannah all the way. The treatment she endured from Lillian broke my heart into a million pieces, a million times. I hated Lillian. I seethed at the abuse she heaped on Hannah. And every time I thought I saw a little humanity pushing its way to the surface in Lillian, she’d turn around and destroy whatever goodwill I tried to feel towards her by hurling insults and unfounded accusations at Hannah. And what she did to Hannah’s hair is just atrocious, but is nothing compared to what she did to Hannah at the end. I seriously had a love-hate thing going with this character. Sergey is an all-out enigma. It was hard to tell whether he was on Hannah’s side or what the heck fence he was sitting on. At least I liked him a lot more than I did Lillian and I kept hoping he would be Hannah’s saving grace. In a very twisted way he did save her from a lot of things, but even at the end, his actions were cowardly and selfish. I would’ve liked to know more of Sergey’s back story and his connection to Hannah’s past. It would’ve been nice if the author had taken the time to develop that line in the story a little more so I could have more compassion towards Hannah’s father and his dealings with the resistance, as well as a more sympathetic understanding of Sergey’s motives.  But let’s get back to Lillian for a moment. What made Lillian such a dangerous character – and what I’m guessing would make most women such forces to be reckoned with – is her jealousy and her insecurity about her husband having cheated on her before. That’s what I loved about all these characters. All of them had relatable motives for their actions. Not necessarily justifiable, but motives that would make any reader stop and think: how would I have reacted in such a situation? This story presents the reader with many such questions.  What fascinated me most was the contrast between the living standards in America compared to the ones in Moldova (which is near Romania in Eastern Europe for those who have no idea where Moldova is ~ it’s an extremely poor country). It was even more shocking because it is real. What we take for granted (something as simple as soft, white toilet paper, and hot water coming out of faucets) are luxuries for Moldovians. It was heartbreaking and refreshing to witness Hannah’s awe over the everyday, simple things we are so used to.  I loved the family set up in this novel. The kids were adorable, but they were more in the background and I would’ve loved to see more of the contact between them and their father. When Hannah was taken on a tour through the family’s residence on the day of her arrival, I could easily form a picture in my mind of every room, and this helped me to feel part of the story for the remainder of the book. I could even feel the stuffiness of the garage Hannah had to sleep in, in a sleeping bag on the sofa in the unrelenting Californian heat.  Hannah’s fascination and eventual friendship with the boy next door adds a tiny bit of a romantic feel to the story, but I felt it was only included as a plot device to assist in the conclusion. However, I was very relieved that it wasn’t an insta-love thing for Hannah or Colin, and that she befriended him because she needed someone to talk to, not someone to swoon over. What I also liked about it is that it introduced yet another flawed character (Hannah has crooked front teeth, Colin is overweight) and showed that even if you’re privileged and have everything you wish for, it doesn’t mean that you’re happy. The story has lots of subtle messages such as this one.  “Trafficked” is a wonderful book and it surprised me to no end. I felt part of this world and easily walked in Hannah’s shoes and felt the frustration she did. The writing is simplistic and uncomplicated, which works perfectly well for Hannah’s simplistic and uncomplicated character. I hated Paavo and his wife, Rena, and feared the horrible things he could do to Hannah or her family back home in Moldova. I was intrigued by the mystery of her parents’ death, Sergey and Paavo’s possible connection to them, and I was kept guessing about the disappearance of Hannah’s beloved uncle right up to the end. This is more than the average human-trafficking interest story. It is different in so many ways and it has heart. I recommend “Trafficked” to anyone and everyone looking for a heartfelt read that leaves you counting your blessings and appreciating everyday conveniences so much more.  
BearsReadBR More than 1 year ago
In Trafficked Hannah, a Russian girl, gets offered a job in America to be a nanny for a Russian family. Her parents have been killed and she needs the money ($400 per week) to support her grandmother and herself. She soon finds out that she actually isn’t there to be a nanny, but virtually a modern day slave. She works all hours without pay and she can’t leave the house. Luckily this is not a true story. So far, this book is extremely good. It is slightly hard to read, only because it’s a difficult subject. A problem in the book I didn’t like was how naïve Hannah was. All of her friends were wary about Hannah going to America because of all the girls who got caught up in human trafficking, but Hannah didn’t even think twice. This book does a good job of representing human trafficking in the US without being to colorful, or graphic. It is gritty, and I would not recommend the book for people who don’t like to feel apprehension for characters in the book or if you are uncomfortable with the subjects of human trafficking and rape. Although, give it a try because books like this are important to read so hat people understand and are aware of the problem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really great read and an accurate view of modern day slavery from the girls' (victims') point of view. I couldn't put it down!
TanaT More than 1 year ago
Trafficked by Kim Purcell Trafficked is a difficult subject to read about but so important that I couldn’t wait to sit down and read it. Kim Purcell has done an excellent job and I give her ton’s of credit for telling us this story even though it’s a fiction novel we all know this is happening today somewhere. Kim’s words flowed extremely well, character descriptions are written excellent, and I felt so much sorrow for what Hannah is going through. There were times I had to stop and remember this is a fiction novel but deep down you know very well that does happen. It’s hard to believe that there are people that would take advantage of another human being like this. We meet Hannah who is a seventeen young woman, who has just signed on to becoming a nanny for a family in America. Things start off rough for her but she is hoping once she reaches the family she will be working for things will get better. It doesn’t take her long to realize things are not what she was expecting. In her new home this family is horrible to her, she has to work harder than anyone should, she is threatened and warned what would happen to her if anyone found out she was there illegally. The abuse from the mother is endless and only gets worse. Hannah is unsure if she is going to survive. I have rated Trafficked a 5 star rating, this book is written so well I have to give Kim Purcell 5 stars for sharing an ongoing issue in our world today and she has written it for the YA reader well mature YA reader with class and strength. I cannot say enough about this story or the author. If you read my review I would say go now and buy this book immediately. I would recommend this book to anyone who can read!
ryleerebecca More than 1 year ago
"Trafficked", by Kim Purcell, presents the unimaginable horror, and haunting reality of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The death of her parents, and the disappearance of her beloved uncle, creates a difficult situation for Hannah. Hannah is struggling to support, and provide for her grandmother, and herself. In the midst of her desperation, Hannah is approached by an agent, Olga, with the opportunity to create a new life for herself in America. Skeptical at first, Hannah does not trust Olga, as she has heard of girls around her age being trafficked by people who offer things similar to what Olga has offered her. However, Hannah is ultimately convinced that she is not in danger, when Olga explains the job to which she is offering. The job consists of being the nanny for a young Russian couple, who is in need of help with their two children. Hannah is promised a new start with the family, and a large of amount of money per week for her labor. Hannah is in a dilemma, as she wants the opportunity at a new start, but does not want to leave her sick grandmother behind. After much deliberation, Hannah decides to leave the poverty of Moldova, to work in America and send the money she earns back to her grandmother. The journey to America does not go as smooth sailing for Hannah as she thought it would. She is passed through many agents, and miraculously makes it through the immigration line entering America in Los Angles. Hannah makes it with the family, and believes she is in good hands. Over months, the realization hits Hannah that her first impression of the family was horribly wrong, and her decision to go to America was utterly, a mistake. Purcell completed an astounding amount of research, in order to create this eye-opening novel. This novel is filled with suspense, and realistic situations that occur every day in the shadows of modern-day slavery. The novel explores and exploits the chilling darkness and danger that surrounds human- trafficking on the black market. It is beautifully written to bring awareness to a topic that affects up to two million people worldwide each year. Purcell often creates twists and turns in the personality of the characters, which keeps the reader intrigued and interested throughout the novel. The characters might be made-up, but you can feel the emotions of the characters as if they were real. I would recommend this novel for those who are interested in modern-day issues and want to bring awareness to them. “Trafficked” is appropriate for those who are fourteen years of age and older, it is a mature book, but the issues presented in the novel affects children of that age, and younger. Human-trafficking, and modern- day slavery are real issues in today's society, and this novel brings them from the shadows, and into the light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i thought the book had more action but it was a more...calm way to deal with the situation. It makes me horrified at how she was treated and the fact that this still happens. It gives you a different perspective on things
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I loved this book it was really good and made me realize what is happening around us and people dont even realize what is happening to people from other countries being trafficked to the USA or other countries for work or sex or something its not right in this book hanna the main character tinks she is goin to america for just work but ends up being abused not paid and almost getting raped she loves he kids and hates the adults she works for and there friends she meets colin next door who in the end helps her escape from her employers and there friends and is finally saved from beind trafficked into america.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book looks amazing. My librarian ordered this for someone and the back also said the Russian mom makes the girl be a prostitute. Would be a good book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I borrowed it drom my LA teacher and I read the whole thing in four days. It was so interestimg that I could not take my eyes off it. I never would have guessed Sergey was evil but he is. It is a VERY good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive even meet the author herself shes so nice and kind i love her book i recommend it i feel in love with this book i even got her signature
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a slow read but so far iit's great