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Dirty Work - Julia Bell

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Hope's mum doesn't get her. In fact, Hope knows that as far as her preoccupied parents are concerned, she's hopeless. She may be spoilt - but money doesn't buy happiness. Oksana doesn't even have a mum. And her dad and brother are miles away, left behind in Russia. She thought Europe would offer a better life - instead, bought and sold into prostitution, she feels dirty and used. Then Oksana and Hope are thrown together in the most terrifying circumstances imaginable. Their only real chance of escape lies with each other, but how do two teenagers with so little in common find the way . . . ? A tense, shocking novel - with a hint of hope.

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The dirty work suggested in the title might be the sex acts abductors forced on teen girls, or perhaps the phrase alludes to the nasty business of prying the girls from their families. Hope Tasker, who is British, and Oksana Droski, who grew up in Russia, both are held captive by men eager for cash. They will be sold as sex slaves. Oksana mistakenly enters the sleazy business desperate to escape hunger and poverty. Her situation is contrasted by Hope, a kidnapped child of privilege who ruefully remembers friends gleefully allowing their thongs to peek out from low-cut jeans. Hope's captors now demand a much more alluring sexiness than flirty glimpses of underwear. Much of the story's background focuses on Oksana and the circumstances leading her to believe she's hired for legitimate work. The lengthy descriptions of her early struggles become a letdown from the crackling violence that Bell promisingly offers in the first third of the story. Although this work lacks the quality of Patricia McCormick's Sold (2006), it is a logical transition for teen fiction dealing with human trafficking. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780330415217
ISBN-10: 0330415212
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 31st December 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Unabridged