Liri's story, edited by writer Beverley Eveleigh, of being sold into slavery is sadly not so out of the ordinary now. Her mother sold her, at the age of 12, “for the price of a second hand tractor engine”. Her command of colloquial English and the appeal and quality of her writing has been hailed by major publishers as enchanting.
She tells her story in a remarkably matter-of-fact but thoroughly absorbing way. Although recounted with wry humour in parts, Liri says, “I do not forget the plight of the girls I knew and the many others who have since fallen victim to the human traffickers. The Albanian mafia has risen to be the fourth most powerful criminal organisation in the world. In the UK alone eighty per cent of the prostitutes are captive. The white slave trade is ruining the lives of more women than ever before”.
She became engaged until her sad death at the age of 24, to the investigative journalist Adam Beauvais who so dramatically rescued her from slavery. She had said, “I wear his ring with three small diamonds; yesterday, today, tomorrow”.
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