Dirty Work

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 26, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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Hope Tasker, an upper-class girl from Britain, is sick of her petty friends and distracted parents. She just wants to be free, to have fun, to live a little. So when she meets a mysterious foreigner named Natasha, something tells her that this could be her way out of her mundane life.
Except Natasha is really Oksana, an impoverished girl from Russia, who was tricked into being sold into sexual slavery as a way to support her family. Oksana, far from being Hope's way out, is instead a trap that lures Hope into an international prostitution ring. The two girls soon realize that if they are ever going to escape, they must learn to find enough common ground to work together and to trust each other.
Told in authentic alternating narratives, Dirty Work will immediately draw readers in to the shocking world of human trafficking, and proves that the issue is not only prevalent in today's world, but that it could be happening right under our very own noses.


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The dirty work suggested in the title might be the sex acts abductors forced on teen girls, or perhaps the phrase alludes to the nasty business of prying the girls from their families. Hope Tasker ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennie_103 - LibraryThing

An issues driven book that I felt didn't have strong enough characters to make it more than that. The Russian character was really filled out as the book went on but I felt the English girl was just a stereotypical self involved/I-pod/boys/mobile teenager as seen by an adult! Read full review

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Julia Bell was a DJ before she became a writer. She worked as an editor and tutor at the University of East Anglia where she has also established Pen & Inc, a small press. Her first novel Massive was printed in several languages including French, Finnish, and Thai. She lives in London, England. Visit her Web site www.juliabell.net

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