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Readings and Ramblings

This is Readings and Ramblings. It is readings because this is a site for blogging about books and I intend to do that. It is ramblings because I might want to write about something else now and then.

Hearts and Minds - Amanda Craig This is a contemporary novel about immigrants in London and they tend to be illegal immigrants too. As is the case with most illegal immigrants they do not particularly want to be immigrants. They would have preferred to have remained where they were, but they immigrate to survive. Even so, though, the very young women from eastern Europe might have been better off if they had stayed in eastern Europe. That is, there is a focus on young teenagers who thought they were signing up for jobs as waitresses or even models and found themselves forced into prostitution. They are pretty much slaves. They do not even get to keep the money that is paid for their services. That goes to their ostensible employers, actually owners. I am not sure about the credibility of the character named Job. He is an immigrant from Zimbabwe and one day he decides to spend some of the money he makes as a minicab operator by buying the services of a brothel. Once he is there, though, he immediately assesses the situation and the plight of the teenage women who work there and he declines the services he has already paid for and, instead, he vows to a Ukrainian sex slave to help her. He eventually succeeds in helping her too. Somehow I just have difficulty in suspending my disbelief for that. The novel as a whole is entertaining enough, though, and if you keep in mind that it is based on the reality of the international sex trade it is even a bit poignant.