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Hedy Reviews “A Walk Across the Sun”

By Library Staff

This riveting story about human trafficking across the world from India to France to the United States overlaps with the story of a lawyer, Thomas Clarke, whose goal has always been to get rich and be a district judge.  Forced by unsavory  circumstances at his prestigious Washington D.C. law firm to take a pro bono sabbatical in India working with an NGO that targets human traffickers, his conscience is awakened.  He learns the fate of 17-year-old Ahalya and her 15-year-old sister Sita, left orphaned and homeless by a tsunami, and makes it his personal mission to rescue them.

It is quite shocking to read such details of depravity and lust in a novel and then to read in our own newpapers about human trafficking taking place right in the Quad-Cities.  There are the girls who succumb and the girls who survive.  But none of them thrive.  One thing that was impressed upon the reader was that “trafficking will stop when men stop buying women.”  That’s something obvious that men can do, but what can women do?  Men and women can volunteer through specific organizations to help girls directly or to investigate trafficking though that will be too enervating and dangerous for many.  The author suggests donating to an organization called International Justice Mission (IJM), a global human rights organization.  Check it out at www.ijm.org.

FIC ADDI (also CDBOOK) “A Walk Across the Sun” by Corban Addison, 2012, 465 pages