Novels / Fiction

Novels / Fiction books about slavery and human trafficking
Updated December 7, 2015, Sorted alphabetically by book title

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 Copper Sun Copper Sun– Sharon M. Draper, 2006. Coretta Scott King 2007 Author Award Winner

Stolen from her village, sold to the highest bidder,
fifteen-year-old Amari has only one thing left of her own: hope.

Amari’s life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have imagined everything could be taken away from her in an instant. But when slave traders invade her village and brutally murder her entire family, Amari finds herself dragged away to a slave ship headed to the Carolinas, where she is bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a birthday present.

Survival seems all that Amari can hope for. But then an act of unimaginable cruelty provides her with an opportunity to escape, and with an indentured servant named Polly she flees to Fort Mose, Florida, in search of sanctuary at the Spanish colony. Can the elusive dream of freedom sustain Amari and Polly on their arduous journey, fraught with hardship and danger?

Thanks to Cicely Lewis for the comment & recommendation!

  Deliver Me from Evil– Kathi Macias, 2011. Freedom Series #1

Deliver Me from Evil introduces readers to Mara, an eighteen-year-old girl who has been enslaved for nearly ten years, having been sold by her parents in Mexico and then smuggled across the border into San Diego where she was forced into sexual slavery. Readers will also meet 18-year-old, Bible-college-bound Jonathan and his 16-year-old sister, Leah, whose paths cross Mara’s and who become involved in her dramatic rescue.
Interwoven between the stories of Mara, Jonathan, and Leah is the heartbreaking story of another young woman in captivity in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, whose past life mysteriously connects to the young people in San Diego.

 Dismal Key Dismal Key – Mitch Doxsee, 2013

A suspenseful thriller centered on Human Trafficking – More common and closer to home than people wish to believe. Sixteen-year-old McKlusky Harvey’s parents ship him off to Florida every summer to work on those “behavioral issues” of his. He’s actually enjoying himself on his grandfather’s fishing boat, until his new girlfriend goes missing. It turns out she was taken by a trio of human traffickers. Other girls are also missing. The traffickers have disappeared into the Ten Thousand Islands and are planning to ship the girls to Cuba for auction. McKlusky and ex-CIA agent, Becker, are both trying to find the girls. McKlusky understands two things: 1) The smugglers know the islands a hell of a lot better than any cop, and 2) a flurry of boats and choppers suddenly appearing in the area will just get the girls killed. Enlisting his drug-running cousin to help him, McKlusky takes off after the bad guys with nothing more than a knife and an optimism that far outbalances any good sense. Becker has hired McKlusky’s grandfather to boat him through, and that puts even more family at risk when the traffickers spring a deadly trap not even the seasoned pro sees coming. Can McKlusky and Becker find Chloe and the other girls In time? Winner of the Florida Author’s & Publisher’s Asso.(FAPA) 2013 eBook category.

Thanks Terri Gerrell for the comment and recommendation!

  More Than Rice: A Journey Through the Underworld of Human Trafficking– Pamala Kennedy Chestnut, 2010.

“Gabriela Mendoza puts a face to the gut-wrenching tragedy of the 3 million women and children that are abducted every year and sold into sex trafficking. MORE THAN RICE gives the reader an up close and personal look into this dark world of girls between the ages of twelve and seventeen stolen and forced to work in brothels.”  (from More Than Rice website)

River of Innocents River of Innocents – Terry Lee Wright, 2008. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin for today’s world.” 
In a world of stolen children and broken dreams, the seventeen- year-old Majlinda struggles to hold on to her humanity.  She has no control over her life or even over her own body, yet where people are disposable, where rape is part of the normal day, and where guards watch her every move, Majlinda strives to create a family out of the stolen children around her and to give them hope when all they know is fear.  RIVER OF INNOCENTS is a novel about that hope and that terrible fear, about ideals in the face of despair, about the strength we find in ourselves when others need us, and about slavery as it is.  If we are to end today’s slavery, we must first know of it; here is the story of Majlinda’s long struggle to be free.

  Sold– Patricia McCormick, 2006.  National Book Award Finalist 2007Told in a series of haunting vignettes, Sold is a harrowing account of a sexual slavery. Alternating lyrical imagery with precise detail, McCormick gives voice to the terror and bewilderment of a young girl robbed of her childhood but who finds the strength to triumph. (from

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  • Thanks to Laura and Katy, both who commented and recommended this book!
  Special Delivery– Kathi Macias, expected March 2012.  Freedom Series #2

In book two of the “Freedom” series, readers find Mara fighting against her attraction to Bible college student Jonathan Flannery even while wrestling with risking her own precarious safety to become involved in the rescue of another girl who is pregnant and desperately wants to escape her captors and save her own life, as well as her child’s.

Halfway around the world in a brothel in Thailand, a young girl is rescued with the promise of being reunited with her younger sister who was adopted by an interracial couple in the States, friends of Jonathan’s family. Meanwhile, Jefe—Mara’s uncle, who held her as a sex slave in his brothel in San Diego for years—seeks revenge for Mara’s testimony that put him behind bars for life.

Will his underworld connections be successful in kidnapping and killing the girl who believes she has finally won her freedom?

The Sunken Cathedral: A Human Trafficking Novel – Nicholas Sheppard, 2011.  Two young girls, Makena (from Nairobi) and Lilya (from Moldova), are lured into human trafficking rings, and forced into prostitution in the dazzle and congestion of Soho, London. Exploited and unrecognized without the official documents their minders have stolen, they endure suffering they could never have imagined. But when they meet, they form a special bond, find imaginative ways to cope, and dream of their freedom. 

A Walk Across the Sun: A Novel– Corban Addison, 2012. 
“A novel that is beautiful in its story and also important in its message, A Walk Across the Sun deserves a wide audience.”– John Grisham
Two sisters are abducted into a horrific world of sex trafficking, and a stranger battles an international criminal network to attempt their rescue.


If you know of additional books, please leave a comment so I can add them to this list. Your opinions and reviews of any of these books, or others on the topic are welcome as well. Buy local by finding a local independent bookstore in your area.

  1. R J Flo says:

    Trafficked to Hell is a book of fiction but based on fact.
    It tells the story of Kristina who travels thousands of miles for the job of her dreams, only to find that she has been betrayed. Trapped and forced to work as a prostitute; under constant fear of a brutal assault from Ponytail Ari, a vicious man employed to keep the girls in line, she finds herself alone, lost and helpless in this strange land.
    When all official enquiries to find Kristina come to nought, her mother, Elena, who has borrowed money beyond her means to send Kristina out, determines to find her and ends up in the hands of the traffickers herself.
    Nikki, a hardened con artist and streetwise prostitute arrives in Almina to start a new life and make money. She befriends Elena and together they take on the traffickers with consequences neither expected or were prepared for……
    At the end of each chapter is a true report of a trafficking case that has been brought to court and shows that what happens in fiction is nothing when compared to real life.

  2. Cicely says:

    Add Never Fall Down and Sharon Draper’s Copper Sun. Human trafficking is not just sex trafficking. There are many more facets. Thanks for your list. My school is doing a school wide lesson human trafficking.

  3. johoward says:

    “Days in Babylon” on Kindle is the story of a business man’s wife in London dissatisfied with her everyday life who by chance learns about the world of sex-trafficking and the ‘legitimate’ business people who profit from it.
    She manages by courage and resolve not only to learn more, but to do something in a small way to liberate some girls and to expose the people behind at least one sex-trafficking ring. She has to draw on deep resources of courage and resolve, and the whole adventure changes her for the better.
    “Exciting and a good read”

  4. Human Trafficking happens right in our backyard. I’ve written a novel that uniquely lifts the veil of child abuse and human trafficking by creating the “backyard” where the crimes often hide. Please check it out on Dame Miriam’s Cast: The Last Guest by Rhonda Adorno.

  5. You might consider my novel Lost Sheep. You have a very good list.

  6. Laura says:

    You should add Sold by Patricia McCormick.

    • Carl says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Laura, and for checking out the list. I’ll add Sold when I get a few minutes. How did you hear about the book Sold, and why do you recommend it? Any on the list here that caught your eye?

      Update 8/7… I added Sold to the fiction list above. Thanks!

  7. You could also add “Slave Hunter: One Man’s Global Quest to Free Victims of Human Trafficking” by Aaron Cohen to this list =)

    • Carl says:

      Hi Kimberly,
      Thanks for your comment. It took me a while, but I finally added Slave Hunter to my list of books. It’s on the non-fiction page, so you won’t see it above. Any other books you’ve liked that I have listed? or any other books I don’t have?

      • These books add emotion to the facts and figures that are available concerning Human Trafficking. Human Traffickers thrive on secrecy. People need to know of the awful menace of slave trafficking. These books have helped convince the United States government to establish laws to fight Human Trafficking. As the public is more informed more laws will be established to fight Human Trafficking. Human Traffickers often “go free” and do not spend time behind bars because existing laws are inadequate. Human Traffickers, with their lawyers help, slip through “escape holes” caused by poor laws. Laws that should be but are not brought up-to-date.

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