I wanted very much to read this book, but was hoping it wouldn't be too graphic for me. I didn't feel that it was. There is vivid description of the circumstances, but not too much detailing of the abuse itself. I think the author does a great job in dealing with the subject of modern-day slavery, by using contrast--contrast from one country to another, contrast in lifestyles, contrast in the outlook of "normal" teens with enslaved children. Although there is devastating heartbreak in this story, there is also the promise of a solution.
I really appreciate the way that the author is able to show how God works in the lives of those who seek Him and who seek to do His will.
The characters are very real, and the author makes it easy for the reader to have intense feelings for them. You can't read this book without getting emotionally involved.
I am very grateful to the author for bringing up the terrible sin of human trafficking. I was heartbroken by the story of Mara's, Jasmine's and Jolene's lives. It helped to show the lives of girls trapped in sexual slavery in a very real way.
I was glad to see her write in the story of two girls kidnapped from two of the most ordinary places, the beach and walking to school. This truly happens, and it crushes the myth that it could "never happen to my daughter."
I am grateful to have read this book as it exposed that the slave trade lives on even as people deny it is actually happening in America. It inspires me to pray for the precious Human's forced into this.
Warning: It does include ENORMOUS amounts of truthful descriptions of the brutal, violent abuse they endure, it is very hard to process making to decide I would have one recommend readership: Parents.
It is not a book to curl up with and enjoy the story, so young readers who don't know how to handle the content shouldn't read it yet.
I'm glad the author wrote this series, She is doing a good work by helping expose it, we need many more books telling people about this, she writes with compassion and a beautiful redemptive theme.
Notes- included in this series is the heart breaking fact that girls who have been brutalized and survive are brainwashed to believe they are worthless trash.
Having known only brutal sex forced upon them, and having been forced and sold, some of the real trafficked girls become prostitutes and return to the streets selling themselves. In our day the UN wishes to "decriminalize" prostitution- including homosexual prostitution- and redefine it as sex workers. Why? So we can treat them for the AIDS they will contract.
For a girl who is now over 18 and legally a "prostitute" instead of a sex trafficked "victim", imagine how having this deemed "work" will harm her- she will not be offered help any more- she will be opened up to more abuse. And the UN will not mourn a prostitue's murder and abuse. We must use these books to push us into further research and we must use our God given voices and be a voice for the voiceless.
Here are some quotes on the matter, and more can be accessed by a simple google search- UN and prostitution.
"The terms â€˜prostitution' and â€˜prostitute' have negative connotations and are considered by advocates of sex workers to be stigmatizing," said the 210-page report, authored byAustralian human rights lawyer John Godwin. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/24/un-report-calls-decriminalizing-prostitution/?page=all
Removing legal penalties for sex work assists HIV prevention and treatment programmes to reach sex workers and their clients," the UN said in its report titled "Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific."http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/278931/news/nation/un-wants-prostitution-decriminalized-to-help-curb-spread-of-hiv
The commission recommends repealing all laws that prohibit "adult consensual sex work," as well as clearly distinguishing in law and practice between sexual trafficking and prostitution.
Deliver Me From Evil by Kathi Macias is one of the most powerful books I've ever read, as well as one of the most important. I expected reading about human trafficking, especially of women and young girls forced into prostitution, would be ho-hum, boring and filled with statistics. Not so! This is not a story about women who have chosen to become hookers for financial gain, but a story about innocents, some as young as ten. Some are kidnapped off the street on their way home from school; some are sold by parents in faraway countries, the parents believing they are giving their children better lives in America.
The story is primarily told from Mara's viewpoint. But, because she was abducted from her family at a very young age by the uncle she adored and trusted, not even she is certain how old she is. Possibly eighteen, maybe less.
Don't let the subject matter put you off. It's a book that is very difficult to put down; I even dreamed about it. Not bad dreams, but dreams of hope and restoration. I'm excited to read the sequel Special Delivery which I just received today.
Macias has a gift for layering, alternating between the abducted girls and the family who hopes to reveal their plight, especially an eighteen-year-old boy who renews his faith and makes saving the girls his priority.
If you want an â€˜important' read, get this book. It actually inspired me to start writing a novel about a situation that has been haunting me.
One of the largest problems in our society today is human trafficking. Many Americans mistakenly think this only takes place in third-world countries, but unfortunately it is being discovered on a regular basis in our own backyard. Kathi Macias, in her book, Deliver Me from Evil, paints a vivid picture of a sexual slavery ring in San Diego, California. The story involves Mara, a girl who is sold by her parents to her uncle. They never realized what he had in mind for her. While delivering pizzas, Jonathan happens upon Mara and another girl, and although he is told by a man that they are his children, Jonathan's conscience tells him otherwise. This is a gripping novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is entertaining, and yet educational, as you walk through the lives of these young people caught up in the horror of human trafficking.
In the USA we are so worried about drug trafficking, and I know we should be, but when have we stopped and thought about all that is happening to the young children and girls, boys also that go missing and there is never a trace found. In this book Kathi tells about all of this, as a young girl in Thailand, Mara was treated very bad at home and she loved for her uncle to come see them, and when her parents sold her to the uncle everything changed for the worse. He was not the good man she always though him to be, but had a house for young girls, very young, and he sold them for a night or day of enjoyment to whom ever wanted them for the price. One night as a young man was delivering pizzas at a motel when a little girl ran out screaming and another teen was at the door and they got her back inside. He could never get this off his mind and the more he saw on TV and the Internet he though this might be what was happening to these young girls. After he finished this year of high school he was planning on going to a Bible college, but sometimes he was not sure if there was a God and this scene that he had seen really opened his eyes.
This book really opened my eyes and saw what they really went through, even some died from abuse. But no one cared as there was always another somewhere to take their place. Thanks so much to the author Kathi Macias for sending me this book for my review.