A child is sold for sex every ten miles on Brazil's BR-116 motorway. It has been described as the worst road in the world. The girls refer to the 2,700-mile motorway as the 'Highway to Hell'. Their childhoods are stolen there, and many are trapped in unimaginable abuse and violence. Businessmen and politicians organize child prostitution rackets and thousands of young girls, some as young as nine, are forced to sell their bodies to truck drivers. Sometimes their mothers encourage them to do so: their earnings represent the family's only income. Highway to Hell documents this untold tragedy in the form of a journey along the motorway. Matt Roper meets the girls and hears their stories; he interviews truck drivers, pimps, brothel owners and traffickers; and talks to the brave souls who are trying to make a difference. This passionate book is also highly personal, as Roper grapples with what his Christian faith has to say about the things he encounters and discovers how God wants him to respond.
"This is a truly important book." -- Steve Chalke "Compelling and poignant reportage that painstakingly exposes Brazil's darkest secret.Matt Roper is that rare journalist who didn't turn his back on the trauma and misery he witnessed for the adrenaline rush of the next deadline. In parts heart-breaking, in others uplifting, this is a story that needs to be told." -- Oliver Harvey The Sun "Few journalists remain this committed to exposing an issue. Once you get your headlines it is all too easy to move on to the next big expose. Not only is this a dark side of Brazil that Matt continues to highlight with passion, but his writing takes you so vividly into children's' lives. You are unable to stop thinking about them. Few books can do that." -- Chris Rogers BBC Panorama
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st December 2013
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.25