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A heart-stopping story of lies, brutality, and fear. British girl Megan Stephens tells the true story of how an idyllic Mediterranean holiday turned into an unimaginable nightmare when she was tricked into becoming a victim of human trafficking and held captive for six years through deception, threats, and violence.

While on holiday with her mother at a popular Mediterranean coastal resort, Megan fell in love. Just 14 years old, naïve, and vulnerable, she had no reason to suspect that the man who said he loved her would commit the ultimate betrayal of her trust.

When her mother returned to England, Megan stayed with Jak, who said he would find her a job as a waitress and promised they would be together forever. But when Megan travelled to the city with Jak, his attitude quickly changed, and instead of finding her work as a waitress, he allowed her to be raped and then sold her to a human trafficker.

Abandoned by Jak but still unable to accept that everything he'd told her had been a lie, Megan was coerced by threats and violence into working as a prostitute in private homes and brothels. Then the trafficker threatened her mother's life, and it was Megan's turn to lie: sending her mother the staged photographs that had been taken of her apparently working as a waitress in a cafe, she told her she was happy.

Too frightened and bewildered to trust or reach out to anyone, Megan remained locked in a world of brutality and abuse for six years. In the end there seemed to be only one way out.

Megan's powerful story reveals the devastating realities of human trafficking and the fear that imprisons its victims more effectively than any cage could ever do.

©2015 Megan Stephens (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Brilliant

An incredible story from a very brave girl!! Definitely worth a read or listen! 5 stars

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Absolutely heartbreaking.

Poor poor girl. 💕😒 heartbreaking story honest.. Sent shivers down my spine, I hope the girl smashes life back in England much love xxxx

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  • 24-07-15

Dear Megan Stephens and readers

A very strong and hopeful young lady. Memories are with in all of us. Sometimes ones we push away and others we cling to. The spirit of this young lady will stay with me into my forever memories. Each part of her being is wonderfully beautiful. I wish her and her family all of the best. She will never know the healing help she gives to others, strangers and friends a like i am sure. God bless you....

I am not hopeful in the question of the Lord being real, as such.
But thankful because he believes and is hopeful in me, us.

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Exceptional

Amazing and horrific read, what goes on behind closed doors you never no.
Megan story is 1 in about 14000 .

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Very sad

I sad story made sadder due to it being true. The author tells of her horrific time as a British 14year old sex slave in Greece.

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Excellent insight

Any additional comments?

Bought and Sold gives the reader an excellent insight into what tragic circumstances a desperate need for love and validation can to.. It's also a clear description of the ruthlessness of the sex slave trade.
Megan Stephens has been very brave in sharing her story and I wish her much happiness and fulfilling interpersonal relationships.
Bought and Sold is well narrated by Josie Dunn.

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no longer a victim. this girl has guts .

an amazing heartfelt read. my heart goes out to you. yet this book is your revenge and shows that you are not a victim anymore. make it a good life

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Shocking!x. Dii x

Hearing the truth about what people who are bought and sold n passed around like objects,trafficked,go through is horrendous.Especially upsetting was the part of how young one of the victims was n that even the police couldn't be trusted.It was a wonder how Megan didn't try to do her way out a lot earlier on whilst being on this unimaginable horrific part of her life.Well narrated n easily understood it's been one of the quickest books I've read/listened to.Definitely Captivated me from page one.It's sure to do the same to all listeners.

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Stupid, stupid, stupid girl

Not a bad book. Not well written unfortunately but a good story about a very stupid girl and it’s not me saying it, it’s Megan herself and she’s right but then who am i to judge? The one thing about this book is just how scary it is. It seems to me that all of us are just a step away from making the same mistake as she did. The story is harrowing and to some shocking. Not to me though. I’ve seen and read enough not to be shocked by anything this dustbin of a world might throw up to stab us in the back. This book is not one for bleeding hearted sentimentalists but an honest account of the advantages men take of women and girls sometimes. The naration isn’t great but for the kind of book it is it works pretty well. The usual mistake is made concerning a ‘mental hospiral’ of which there is no such thing when you think about it. there are hospitals for the mentally ill but not mental hospitals. Anyway, if you want to read a story about the real horrors of human trafficking you could do worse than read this. If hou’re a female you might cry. I didn’t. I am female but made of sterner stuff than that.

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a read for anyone involved in human trafficking

finished very quickly and was enthralled and shocked at how easily this awful thing happened