Trafficked by Sophie Hayes


By Sophie Hayes

  • Release Date: 2012-01-19
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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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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  • Can't put it down

    By Nicolemayy
    Took me 2 days to read this I couldn't put it down. I just wanted to reach in and save her. Written so well, sad and inspirational read.
  • Harrowing

    By Jessika jay
    Picked this book up after work this afternoon...and just finished it 4.5 hours later. I didn't even stop to eat dinner. What an eye opening, shocking, harrowing ordeal this girl has encountered. And for her to turn everything around and come out on top and want to share her story in the hope it will help others?..truly inspiring.
  • Amazing

    By natalie keizer
    Heartbreaking but truly an amazing book! Such a eye opener to what goes on around the world! Was glued to the book, read in one day! Thankyou for sharing your horrific but inspirational story!
  • Shocking story

    By Therese19
    I could not put this book down. Such a shocking story and even more shocking that it is true. Thank you Sophie for having the courage to share your story.
  • MRS

    By Buggstreet
    Fanastic read. I am sure most girls/women will get alot out of this book. Thank you for sharing your story xx
  • Trafficked

    By mainge1976
    Trafficked is a gripping story about one woman's time in hell. Sophie's biological father was unemotional and detached from his family and in many ways established a pattern of searching for male approval that would lead Sophie into this nightmare. The fact she survived and was able to restart her life is testament to her strength, endurance and termination to survive. A gripping and well written book. I am so pleased to have been able to share Sophie's amazing story. Well done Sophie you are an inspiration.
  • Inspirational Story

    By Blakedray
    Read this book in half a day, could not put it down!!
  • Trafficked

    By 🐱🐱🐱cat
    Great book, couldn't put it down. Everyone should read this to make them more aware of what is really happening!
  • Great read

    By Dorby12
    What an amazing story, very well written an captivating from start to finish. A true survival story.
  • Incredible story but poorly written

    By Mac ben
    Here is my critique: this book repeats itself a lot and also jumps around quiet a bit leaving the reader confused at times. I am not trying to take away from this incredible story and the gratitude I feel toward Sophie for sharing this with us but I never felt like I was on Sophie's journey with her, which is an important factor for me when I am reading. I think my experience would have been different had this book been written by an accomplished autobiographer.