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Radhika's Story: Surviving Human Trafficking

Radhika's Story: Surviving Human Trafficking [Kindle Edition]

Joanna Lumley , Sharon Hendry
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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"... a gut-wrenching true tale"
-- The Sun, November 2010

"This book is witness to the lives of hundreds of thousands of girls like Radhika who are caught in the supply chain of traffickers -- kidnapped, seduced, tricked, purchased and recruited to meet the huge demand for underpaid labour and exploitative sex...It is time for Indian policymakers to listen to Radhika" --Mail Today, 19th December 2010

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–An incredible story of triumph over evil in the modern world. –A moving account of what a mother’s love for her child can achieve even when the odds are stacked against them both.

–A horrifying first-hand account of a survivor of human trafficking in the 21st-century.

–A portrayal of the illegal and sordid underworld of trafficking in human organs. Radhika’s Story.


A seemingly innocent sip of Coca-Cola, drunk by a starving and desperately thirsty 16-year-old girl led to the first of Radhika Phuyal’s human trafficking experiences. Drugged, Radhika woke up hours later, in great pain, only to discover that her kidney had been removed and sold to the highest bidder. Radhika was married by force but tried to make the best of her situation. She had a much-loved son, but Rohan’s birth signified the next harrowing episode in Radhika’s life – she was trafficked again.


Living in India, separated from her son and forced to have sex with up to 25 men a day, Radhika refused to accept her lot. Desperate to be reunited with her child, she fought against the odds, finding the strength to escape her horrific life and rescue her son and finally find sanctuary in a refuge set up to help survivors of trafficking. Journalist Sharon Hendry tells Radhika’s horrifying but incredibly inspiring story. She also highlights the pervasive nature of human trafficking in the 21st century.


Proceeds from the book will go to Maiti, the charity that helped Radhika and which continues to help survivors of trafficking.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1380 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers (UK) LTD (21 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XIB2YS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing can prepare you for the brutality ... 15 Mar 2011
By Karen Baxter VINE VOICE
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I have seen a few television documentaries and even a two part drama about human trafficking and I can honestly say that nothing prepared me for the brutality I found written within the pages of this book ... conjuring the many, many images that will continue to haunt you long after you have closed the book.

Radhika left her small village home in Kathmandu, Nepal at the age of 15 in the hope of earning some money to educate herself and also to help her family who were living in abject poverty caused by financing a large dowry for their eldest daughter. Little did she know that she would not see her home for many years. At 16 naive Radhika became a helpless victim of a well executed plan by a network of human traffickers. Initially groomed over many weeks by a trafficker named `Lama' who with the promise of a lucrative position as housekeeper to a rich family in the city easily gained Radhika's trust, her reward for this trust is the loss of a kidney, a forced marriage to a family member of one of the human traffickers and months of cruelty.

And it does not stop there!

After her son Rohan is born things get even worse, Radhika's violent husband deserts her and she discovers herself once more in trouble, the human traffickers have not finished with her and she finds herself transferred from brothel to brothel, her son ripped from her arms and taken from her for many months at a time.

Radhika's story is emotionally shattering and even though you know from the outset that Radhika manages to escape and save her son, you wonder how she can find the resolve to achieve this.

Another point of interest is the way Radhika's family reacted to her when she returned home ... so look out for that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, painful, true 17 Jun 2011
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It's a gripping story, no doubt about it. And everyone loves a story of hope - of someone overcoming difficulty and rising above. It's a universal narrative for a reason.

I didn't like the fact that there were fictionalised sections - I think it would have been more powerful had these been left out. And it also bothered me *immensely* that the writer was a white, Western woman - I have no idea where the profits from this book are going, and the idea of someone profitting from this desperate story is appalling. It also smacks somewhat of exploitism - somewhat the same problem many have with Slumdog Millionaire.

That said, it is a great read, with fascinating cultural background, and you can't help but root for Radhika all the way through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could't Put Down! 2 Jan 2011
By sue2010
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Had the book since November but didn't have the time to read it! Then went away and one minute I was on Page 28 then the next I was finished!
All the way through you kept thinking ' not again, how could someone, so inocent be so unlucky? How could there be so many nasty people out there in this day and age?'
I can only hope that all the other girls out there in Radhika's situation get the strength that she has and lives to save themselves.
I couldn't read some parts in public because I cried! So I had to sit by myslef and my heart broke but was so encourged that there ARE some good people out there.
A must to read ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 18 Nov 2010
By MarkJ
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A very moving and emotional account of Radhika's story. The book highlights the incredibly evil world of the black market of organ transplants and the human trafficking forcing young girls into prostitution. It is very hard to read what Radhika suffered and almost unbelievable that this is a modern account of human trafficking.

The author shows real compassion in this compelling and well written book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 24 Nov 2013
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What a terribly sad story, thankfully Radhika has a good life now with her son, I hope she is able to have some comforts it makes you so upset that these things still go in in the twenty first century !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faith knows no bounds 11 Aug 2013
By shirley
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Having faith in people can get you in so much trouble but without it where would we be this girls faith is unbelievable excellent read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truely inspiring 8 Aug 2013
By Aileen
Format:Kindle Edition
what an inspiring read..this woman endured so much horrific pain and illness and survived-A mothers love for her child has true meaning in this book. there will always be good kind hearted people out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Luck Radhika and Rohan 6 Jun 2013
By pm
Format:Kindle Edition
what these two have been through is beyond words and makes you ashamed to be a male and it makes you question if there is a god. good luck to you both
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