If you’re not already familiar with the real-world issues of sex trafficking in the United States, you will certainly understand it a lot more after reading this book. “thedeadgirlinthevacantlot” takes place in Phoenix, Arizona – where I just so happen to live. In fact, the places referenced in this story are mere streets away from where I work every day. Personally, I am educated on this subject, and therefore, was not surprised by the information. But that doesn’t make it any less heart wrenching to read about. Jana writes this story in a delicate way that makes it engaging to read, but also smacks you with reality. She took lots of care to write about these under age girls in a way that any reader can understand the hardship from their perspective, while also not betraying the gruesome nature of child sex trafficking.
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