Winner of the 2018 Colorado Authors’ League award for Mainstream Fiction.
Winner of the 2018 Colorado Book Awards for Thrillers.
Not Thailand. Or the Philippines. Or Russia.
Rich or poor, black or white, girls disappear across this country every day, pulled into the nightmarish world of prostitution and drugs.
Mex Anderson is back, tasked with finding three missing girls before it’s too late. Three girls. Three girls who could live in your town, your neighborhood, or in your own home.
Jayla Imani Thomas is fifteen. A smart kid from a poor part of town who has to fend for herself. Jayla is headed for college and better life than her mother had.
Alexis Emily Halston is seventeen. Money provides everything she wants or needs except functional parents. Alexis has the world by the tail and she knows it.
Olivia Emma Campbell is twelve. She’s a middle child who dreams of being a veterinarian when she grows up. But right now “Livvy” just wants someone to notice her, maybe even to love her.
Caught up in a cruel system fueled by lust and money, all three young women must find the courage within themselves to survive. And Mex must come to terms with his own loss and face his demons head on—or he might not have the strength to save them.
“Illuminating and a story that will grip you by Pennydreadful Reader”
I read Trafficked a while ago, but it’s the type of story that is so vivid, so tragic it stays with you — well, forever. Peg Brantley deftly shows the horrors of Human Trafficking; that greed, corruption and betrayal know no bounds no matter what kind of world you live in. Her protagonist, Mex Anderson and his team, skillfully and compassionately investigate these cases, and as I got to know Jayla, Alexis and Olivia, I thought there by the grace of God go I. Jayla trusting a friend, Alexis wealthy — her father can buy anything — Olivia hooks up with someone she thought loved her. (Yeah, right). Although not explicit, Ms. Brantley doesn’t soften what happens when children are abducted, and age or gender has nothing to do with it.