''That night I felt for the first time what it was like to be a whore. I had to service eight men. I felt so terrible and ashamed. I showered after every encounter but I could not wash away the filth in me,'' cries out a woman, a sex trafficking victim. Another woman, an anti-trafficking activist, cries out, saying, ''Yes, yes, I have to accept that my mother is now a Brothel Madam, who is victimizing other women; I have to accept that I have been raped by my own brother; I have to accept that I have no alternative but to prosecute my own mother and brother.'' Many more women screamed in agony in 'In the shadow of the red-light', a powerful novel on the global sex trade- set in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. This documentary novel is not only a significant literary piece but also a movement against the insanity of humanity; it powerfully raises a direct question, 'Are we really civilized?'