Highway To Hell – Book Review
When you hear the words “Highway To Hell”, what comes to mind? Do you think of a song popularized by a 70s rock band?
If so, you might be as shocked as I was to learn that an actual place dubbed the “Highway To Hell” exists – and its reality is more nightmarish than most of us could ever imagine.
In his book Highway To Hell – The Road Where Childhoods Are Stolen, freelance journalist Matt Roper paints a horrific look at life along BR-116 – a remote, 1500 mile highway that runs through some of the poorest parts of Brazil. Along this road, girls as young as nine are frequently exploited by their families and strangers as they are sold into childhood prostitution.
Communities profit from the industry. Law enforcement agencies look the other way.
The stories inside this book are heartbreaking – but the author provides glimmers of hope. Along with his grim portrayal of the seamier side of life along BR-116, Matt shares what he and others are doing to increase awareness and make a difference.
Highway To Hell isn’t an easy book to read – but sometimes, we need to move out of our comfort zone so that we can be agents of change.
To be a part of the solution, you first have to be aware that a problem exists. Highway To Hell by Matt Roper opens your eyes to the problem of child sexual exploitation in Brazil in a vivid, unforgettable way and invites you to be a part of the solution.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
About Matt Roper
Matt Roper is a freelance journalist who lives and works in Brazil. He spent eight years as a reporter for the UK’s Daily Mirror.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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