Sophie Hayes Talks Trafficked
“A real life version of the Liam Neeson film Taken.” – Publishers Weekly
Sophie Hayes was spending an idyllic weekend in Italy with her boyfriend, who she had known for nearly 5 years. But on the day she planned to return home, he made it clear that she wasn’t going anywhere, threatening to kill her family if she didn’t do as she was told. Sophie answers our questions about her gripping new memoir.
What would you like our readers to know about Trafficked?
I’d love for readers to become more aware of human trafficking and that my story is one that could happen to anyone. Sophie could be your sister or your friend.
What memoirs inspired you while you were writing Trafficked?
When I wrote my story, I really only needed to recall my own thoughts. I was more inspired by the desire to spread the message of this crime in order for my past not to become anyone else’s fate.
Can you tell us about the journey of writing it, selling it, and having it published?
It’s been an incredible journey – a few bumps along the way but life-changing. Not only has it help raise awareness about trafficking around the world, it has helped others girls in the same situation and those who have seen the warning signs. The public support has also been incredible and continues to inspire and encourage me to do more and keep going.
What can we expect next from you?
I have dedicated my life to combat this crime and help others. I have many hopes and dreams: I’d love my story to be made into a movie for the world to see that this is not something far away but in our lives right now. I’d also like to write a book that more broadly highlights psychological entrapment and fear, which I discuss a bit from my own experience in Trafficked. Rest assured I won’t stop fighting this crime!
Can you talk a little about The Sophie Hayes Foundation, and how interested readers can get involved?
The Sophie Hayes Foundation is all about hope. We raise awareness about trafficking to the general public, and work with affected girls to help them transition from Victim to Survivor. As part of our Speak Hope campaign this October, readers can send their messages of encouragement to us; we send them all over the world to help girls affected by trafficking feel encouraged and supported. If anyone would like to participate, their messages can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
What books are currently on your own nightstand?
I love to read and have hundreds of books, so my collection is pretty diverse! I like to read anything from The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns to the Lesley Lokko collection, such as Sundowners and Bitter Chocolate. She is an incredible author and her books have helped in my own journey.
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