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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.

Although shocking and harrowing `Radhika's Story' is a book you will feel compelled to read to the very last page and then you will find yourself re-reading the last few chapters to reaffirm in your own mind that it really is all over for Radhika and her son Rohan.

A more gripping heart rending human story I have yet to read and I congratulate the author Sharon Hendry for bringing this very real global problem to our attention.

An excellent book for reading groups with many points of interest to discuss.
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VINE VOICEon 17 June 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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on 27 July 2016
I like real stories, so Sharon Hendry's 'Radhika's Story: Surviving Human Trafficking' book intrigued me right away. It's a sad story about a girl who was unfortunate enough to end up in hands of human traffickers. The story is really sad and shocking - I couldn't believe such things still happen in this world. The only thing I didn't really like is that the book is written by a third person - I prefer when the story teller is the person who lied the story. In this case, the author spoke to this girl and wrote a book about her experiences. It's not a bad book, but my personal preference would be different.
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on 14 April 2013
This book introduced me to a world I did not know existed. It is a harrowing account of Radhika's life in its early years and is in my
opinion a must read. Her courage and bravery beggars belief.

The discomforting aspect of this book is that there are many thousands of Radhikas in this world today.

solmagwind
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VINE VOICEon 10 March 2011
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An interesting read which showed (all too clearly) how the poor and ignorant are at the mercy of the wealthy and educated.

HOWEVER, As this is supposed to be an entirely true story, including details of who went to jail, who didn't, photographs and so on, why was it felt necessary to indulge in a series of fictionalised sections in the book? It read exactly like a novel in parts and yet in others, Radhika's own words are quoted with exceeding accuracy.

This kind of detail just did not ring true when coupled with such lines as: "Pariyar studied the sleeping girl opposite him closely". Well, maybe he did or maybe he didn't. We don't know and we never will know.

This kind of mixed up style detracted from the what was supposed to be a true story. This was both a shame and very irritating.
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on 22 August 2015
How anyone can go through so much in her young life and come out of the other side is staggering. I could t put this book down. I was shocked at the life Radhika had to endure, along with thousands of other girls worldwide .. So unbelievable. A must read for anyone wanting to educate themselves on human trafficking . Exceptionally well written
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on 2 January 2011
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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on 20 May 2015
Although this is a harrowing read, it highlights many of the injustices faced by women in India and Nepal. Radhika has been through so many horrific experiences. This book inspires you to do something about these injustices.
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on 16 May 2013
An amazing story of the almost unbelievable hardship, suffering and abuse suffering by a young girl. Her only crime was to be born into a very poor family and to be too trusting of strangers. The story is told is a sympathetic way and I found it difficult to put the book down, wanting to know what happens next. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in social culture but at times it makes hard reading for anyone with compassion in their heart for a poor young girl and her son.
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on 2 February 2014
A shocking story that gives you an amazing insight to human trafficking in Asia...... The more you read the more you feel sick with the evil and injustice that so many innocent young people can encounter coupled with so much corruption making it so hard to stop. The remarkable work of such special people that help the lucky few that escape like Radhika is totally inspiring.....the more awareness the better to fight against such evil.
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