Books: Tough Subjects and Teens

An edgy new novel for young adults explores the spreading international problem of sexual slavery

Patricia McCormick is not the kind of writer who sits at her keyboard waiting for inspiration. She's the kind of writer who finagles her way into a Kathmandu jail to interview a young Nepali man awaiting trial. He told McCormick without a hint of embarrassment that he had sold his fiancé. Why? "Because I wanted a motorcycle," he replied. He then laughed with his jailers, knowing he would probably get off.

And she journeyed with a group rescuing prostitutes to a tiny Nepali village, where mothers were warned that the adolescent daughters they thought they were sending to jobs in the city...

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