By Sophie Hayes

  • Release Date : 2012-01-19
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 1.27 MB
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Trafficked He’d been her friend for years. He said he loved her. Then she realised she didn’t know him at all…

When everything seemed to be falling apart in Sophie’s life, she was thankful for her friend Kas, who was always at the end of a phone, ready to listen and to offer comfort and advice.
Her father’s cold dislike of her and then her parents’ divorce had left her with a deep distrust of men. But, gradually, Kas made her believe there was at least one man who truly cared about her.

But she was wrong.

At first when Sophie went to stay for a few days with Kas in Italy, he was kind and caring, as he’d always been. But three days after she arrived, everything changed.

His eyes were cold as he described the things he expected her to do ‘for love’. But soon Sophie’s bewilderment turned to fear as he punched and shouted at her and threatened to kill her adored younger brothers if she didn’t do exactly as she was told…to sell her body on the streets to pay off Kas’s debts.

Terrified of Kas, the police and the men whose pleasures she was forced to satisfy, Sophie worked seven nights a week for the next six months on the dark and lonely streets of a town in northern Italy.

Subjected regularly to Kas’s verbal, mental and physical abuse, she knew she would never escape.

And then, one day, after she’d been admitted to hospital with stomach pains – and knowing that Kas would kill her if he found out – she dared to phone her mother.

But who would reach her first?

About the author

Sophie Hayes was in her early twenties when she was forced into prostitution in Italy. Following her horrifying ordeal, Sophie is rebuilding her life in London. She is working with the charity STOP THE TRAFFIK and the William Wilberforce Trust to raise awareness of trafficking and to help other women life herself. To date she has worked with Cherie Blair, the Metropolitan Police and the UN.

The Sophie Hayes Foundation was set up and inspired by Sophie in January 2012. Since Sophie's return to the UK she has been relentless in her work in order to make a difference and change perceptions. The mission of the Sophie Hayes Foundation is to raise awareness about, and support survivors of, human trafficking and modern day slavery.

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  • Brilliant

    By Lynsey xx
    I'm not a big reader.but so good I could not put down.
  • Amazing / heartbreaking

    By Emmerr444
    I am heartbroken that Sophie had to go through that, the story is so heartbreaking but it shows how strong a person she is. Such a gripping read and couldn't put it down.
  • Amazing

    By Mystrian
    Amazing book its unimaginable to think a friend let alone a best friend could do this and such a strong brave courageous woman
  • Excellent

    By Emmzkatie
    Worth reading, such a good story
  • Inspirational

    By Rochelletianalack
    An inspirational and moving story as well as being well written and an all round great read! This girl deserves a medal for being able to share such a detailed account of her experience.
  • Fantastic

    By Slashden
    This is a fantastic read , very moving true story, A very strong brave girl x
  • Fantastic book

    By Tiddles86
    I bought this book on Saturday & I'd finished it by Sunday evening! It is that addictive to read. A true story of a brave young girl who was used & a used in the most awful way & yet came out the other side. Good on you Sophie! Xx
  • My review

    By Chardenelle
    Read this story about a year ago, I thought it was a very eye opening book. It just shows you some of the things that really go on in life
  • Trafficked

    By Loz448
    Outstanding book and well worth reading. Once I started I couldn't put it down. This book gives a brilliant insight of how a ladies life changed in a blink of an eye and I hope the charity that has been created is successful in in helping all other vulnerable people that have been caught up in the awful trade.
  • Trafficked

    By Terrytrout
    Shocking but gripping.