In 2005, after publishing her book The Demons of Eden — where she denounced the very powerful men behind a Mexican child pornography ring — Lydia Cacho became a target. Exactly eight months after the publication of the book, one morning as she was making her way to work, Lydia was apprehended by the police from the neighboring state of Puebla, and taken into custody during a nightmarish 24 hours during which she was tortured, intimidated, and abused.
In this chilling memoir, comparable to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel, Lydia tells her story and exposes the horrific ways in which women — and young girls in particular — are abused, then disposed of, while an oftentimes corrupt government simply sits and watches.
Cacho is not somebody who can be silenced.
Confronted by these abhorrent practices, Cacho tries to understand how, ethically, we as a society can allow sex slavery to exist and thrive. She boldly questions every aspect of our civilization, including sacrosanct values such as free speech, free markets, and liberty.
Lydia Cacho is an impressive investigator renowned for pursuing stories often at great personal risk.
Lionhearted Mexican journalist and activist Cacho probes prostitution, pedophilia, and sex trafficking rings across Southeast Asia, South America, and beyond
Cacho has a history of crusading for human rights through her work. [She] is at her best when she loses herself in her interactions with her subjects; in those moments, the writing is so elegant that it purges memories of clunky exposition.