Author and advocate for victims of sex-trafficking, R. Bruce Logan
I recently read Logan's third and equally riveting novel in the series, "The Road From Tenancingo,"
The novel's setting is a real place, the town of Tenancingo in the state of in Tlaxcala in south-eastern Mexico, the hub of the sex industry in Mexico and the leading supplier of female sex slaves to the United States.
In Tenancingo forced prostitution generates a billion dollars a year. The families who own the sex trafficking businesses, passed down from generation to generation, are wealthy citizens who live in palatial homes and are well-respected by local law enforcement, judges, and their parish church. They employ a vast network of pimps, handlers and enforcers in Mexico and the United States. A girl who becomes ensnared by them is as helpless as a fly trapped in a spider's web.
"The Road From Tenancingo" tells the story of one such girl, Juanita, a gifted17-year-old architecture student at the University of Guanajuato with a promising future who is deceived and seduced by Geraldo, a charismatic young pimp posing as a fellow student who is in fact a member of a powerful crime cartel. After dating Juanita for over a month, Geraldo invites her home to meet his family in Tenancingo. To her horror, Juanita is enslaved, forced into prostitution, and becomes just another of the countless anonymous women trafficked by the cartel for sex and moved from city to city and closer to the U.S. border where, if moved across, they may never be found.
But through her despair and her family’s anguish over their missing daughter, there is, unbeknownst to Juanita, a network of dedicated people, from a small village priest to members of Mexican and American anti-trafficking organizations, who are part of the relentless search to find this girl, with the mission of rescuing her from the ruthless criminals who have kidnapped her.
Like Logan's previous books, "The Road From Tenancingo" is an edge-of-your-seat page turner. Once you start the book you won't be able to put it down, and once you've finished reading it you won't be able to stop thinking about it.
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