Radhika's Story: Surviving Human Trafficking

by Joanna Lumley, Sharon Hendry


–An incredible story of triumph over evil in the modern world. –A moving account of what a mother’s love for her child can achieve even when the odds are stacked against them both.

–A horrifying first-hand account of a survivor of human trafficking in the 21st-century.

–A portrayal of the illegal and sordid underworld of trafficking in human organs. Radhika’s Story.

A seemingly innocent sip of Coca-Cola, drunk by a starving and desperately thirsty 16-year-old girl led to the first of Radhika Phuyal’s human trafficking experiences. Drugged, Radhika woke up hours later, in great pain, only to discover that her kidney had been removed and sold to the highest bidder. Radhika was married by force but tried to make the best of her situation. She had a much-loved son, but Rohan’s birth signified the next harrowing episode in Radhika’s life – she was trafficked again.

Living in India, separated from her son and forced to have sex with up to 25 men a day, Radhika refused to accept her lot. Desperate to be reunited with her child, she fought against the odds, finding the strength to escape her horrific life and rescue her son and finally find sanctuary in a refuge set up to help survivors of trafficking. Journalist Sharon Hendry tells Radhika’s horrifying but incredibly inspiring story. She also highlights the pervasive nature of human trafficking in the 21st century.

Proceeds from the book will go to Maiti, the charity that helped Radhika and which continues to help survivors of trafficking.

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