After successfully getting people talking about the sexual revolution taking place in Iran through her book PASSIONATE UPRISINGS, author and journalist Pardis Mahdavi is back with another thought-provoking expose called GRIDLOCK, this time involving trafficking and the conditions women in Dubai have to endure.
What surprised me the most about this new book was the way that laws which were meant to curtail some of the ills taking place against women ended up being part of the problem instead of the solution. Through Mahdavi's reporting we learn that while some who end up as part of Dubai's sex trade are brought there against their will, there are others who come willingly to make money that they can then take home for themselves and their family.
Some of the individuals that shared their stories with the author put the blame on the laws for the way that things were being handled. Others seemed not to see the harm because it appeared as though most parties were acting willingly. Throughout the book, however, one of the biggest messages seemed to be that there was not a quick fix to this serious problem. I commend Pardis Mahdavi for what she has done in bringing more of the real stories from women in Dubai to life.
This is a book that opens the door to discussion, and enlightens the world on a problem that with focus and hard work can be addressed.