Highway to Hell: The Road Where Childhoods Are Stolen by Matt Roper #Review & #BookTour

When I was given the opportunity to read and review this book at no cost-I leaped at the chance to do so. This book is not for the faint of heart, as it is a true account what journalist Matt Roper experienced. This book is in no-way graphic in detail, but enough is said that will shock you and want you to take action.

About the book:
A child is sold for sex every ten miles on Brazil's BR-116 motorway. This 2,700-mile road is "The Highway to Hell" for the thousands of children, some as young as nine, who are trapped in sophisticated child prostitution rackets organized by businessmen and politicians.
An experienced journalist, Matt Roper has witnessed the extent of the trafficking firsthand. Highway to Hell documents his journey on this road. He meets the girls and hears their stories; he interviews truck drivers, pimps, brothel owners, and traffickers; and talks to the brave souls who are trying to make a difference.
Part documentary, part personal memoir, Matt honestly shares his struggles to understand what his Christian faith has to say about the things he encounters and how God wants him to respond.


My Review:

Highway To Hell was a book that I could not seem to put down. Knowing from the beginning that it was a true event, make it hard not want to finish. I know I was reading to hope that at the end there was a "Happily Ever After" to the whole situation. Sadly, there is not. Well, that is not true there was one for at least one girl, and the chance for so many others to possess one.

I found myself sick to my stomach at reading how young these exploited girls were, the way their lives were led, and how some of them ended up. I can't imagine how Matt was able to keep going, but understand his driven "obsession" with trying to help the girls.

At the same time there were joyous occasions, like when they were able to save some of the girls from a terrible future. When all involved were able to track down someone and "save them, and when the center opened with girls beginning to knock on those doors.

I was shocked to find how "accepted" this all is. Not only by the people of many towns, but law enforcement, agency that knew and were supposed to protect, family members, neighbors, and so many more. I feel the need to help in some way, any way that I possibly can. One of these ways is sharing this book.

You might pass on this book just because of the topic, but I highly suggest you read it. As I stated, it is not graphic in sexual encounters-although it is referenced and obviously your mind will "fill-in-the-blanks". I plan on having my older kids read this, so that they can learn of the tragic lives that some children must live. Hopefully, this will instill a passion for helping those in need, even if those people don't know any different.

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