A fast moving, multi-layered plot, Bad Traffick hits upon the horrible reality of trafficking children for sex. Told from several points of view including the little girl's and some of the bad guys, it gives insight into this appalling reality.
It's also fiction and Ms. Berkom gives us a badass heroine that's fun to root for. Once Leine discovers what is happening, there is no stopping her. Five stars for Bad Traffick, an edge of your seat thriller that delivers.
Ex-assassin Leine has taken on the short-term job of protecting Miles Fournier, a famous actor, from kidnappers. Miles is a trusting soul who likes to party and dismisses much of Leine's good advice. When a desperate woman contacts Miles claiming to be his sister, Leine believes the woman is a fraud.
But when the woman pleads with Miles to help her find her daughter, saying the young girl has been stolen by sex traffickers, Miles jumps to her defense. Leine researches her story and discovers there is a young girl who's on the streets and on the run. Still, the woman's story stinks.
Meanwhile Leine herself is under investigation for a triple homicide. Can Leine unravel the mess and save a little girl in time?
Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders, retired assassin Leine Basso is told to remain in Los Angeles until the investigation concludes. As a favor to Detective Santiago Jensen, she accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier, who believes he is the target of kidnappers. Leine finds she has her hands full trying to protect the head-strong celebrity.
Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. Having spent his childhood in the foster care system, Miles welcomes her into his home, happy to discover he has family. She confesses her twelve-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted by sex-traffickers and she's desperate to get her back, hoping that Miles will use his considerable resources to find her.
Leine learns from a contact at a rescue organization that Mara escaped and is alone on the streets in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. The traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to the powerful client who purchased her for his twisted ends. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.