The Stolen Ones

The Stolen Ones

Mysterious Book Report No. 221

by John Dwaine McKenna

It’s a helluva thing to take on a subject like the one we are about to . . . this being the Christmas season; a time when many of us are thinking about Peace on earth and goodwill to men . . . but the plain truth of the matter is that crime never sleeps and criminals don’t take vacations.  They’re vicious and opportunistic—always looking for an edge or a chance to do what they do—without being caught.  And so, we’re going to go ahead and review The Stolen Ones, (Putnam/Penguin, $26.95, 358 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-16553-5) by Owen Laukkanen, which is about slavery.  In specific, sexual slavery.  Young women, held against their wills, and sold by traffickers to others who force them into prostitution.

The novel begins with a vivid description of forty women who’ve been smuggled from eastern Europe to the United States in a shipping container.  They’ve been aboard a container ship at sea for weeks, without adequate food, water or sanitary facilities.  After the ship lands, they’re shunted into a new container and whisked off in a tractor-trailer driven by two thugs with bad attitudes and worse manners, who periodically stop and pull a few of the girls out.  They’re never seen again by the remaining ones.  Among the imprisoned girls are two sisters, Irina, sixteen, the older of the pair who’s chasing a dream of riches and fame in America, and her younger sibling Catalina, following after her big sister, hoping to keep Irina safe.  At a truck stop in Minnesota however, one of the thugs shoots and kills a deputy sheriff, while the two sisters attempt to escape.  Irina disappears in some nearby woods, but Catalina—just thirteen years old—is recaptured.  When police arrive on the scene, they find a dead lawman, and a hysterical young woman with no ID and speaking no English, and holding an empty pistol next to the body.   Agent Kirk Stevens of the Minnesota BCA (Bureau of Criminal Affairs) who was vacationing nearby, is called in.  Soon after he’s inducted into a BCA-FBI joint task force, a coast-to-coast manhunt to break an international ring of kidnappers and sex slavers who’re selling the women into prostitution and slavery.  It’s a diabolic race to see who will prevail, and if the young teenage girl can survive her captors long enough to be rescued.  A well-done, suspenseful novel featuring a timely and little-known subject.

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