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Tribunal

By Nancy Hersage

Tribunal
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  • Hardcover: Apr 2000,
    350 pages.

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An American woman in Amsterdam is recuperating from a sudden illness, and happens to share her hospital room with a young Filipino mother. A few brief words are exchanged -- in which the Filipino makes a passionate plea for help -- before a mysterious man arrives and abruptly arranges for her to be discharged. Those few words are enough to draw the unsuspecting American into a life-threatening confrontation with an international criminal gang. The Filipino, it turns out, is one of thousands of women from poor countries who are tempted to leave their homes by the promise of a legitimate job -- and are then held captive for sexual exploitation. The American and the Filipino eventually join forces as part of a clandestine movement to set up an international tribunal that aims to seek retribution for these crimes against humanity. Inspired by a true story and based on extensive research, Tribunal is a fictionalised thriller that explores the very real social, economic and political questions surrounding today's global trade in sex slaves.

Chapter Four

Like a broken, free-falling tree branch, the helpless young family tumbled into the stream of rural migration that night, a stream which was making a swamp out of urban Manila. Their bus left before dawn packed with other migrants. The Pangils rode in a dazed uneasiness. Martin rode, too, attaching himself to the little group like the adolescent orphan he was. At sunrise, only he watched the rugged mountain-sides pass by with anticipation.

The bus arrived via the 'Epifanio de los Santos' highway, driving headlong into a concentration of ten million islanders all competing for the good life on the edge of Manila Bay.

Neither Nita nor Enrique could have imagined the extent of so much humanity, nor the energy of it all: traffic moving constantly, mountainous glass buildings growing straight up out of the tropical soil, the air choked with foreign, engine-oil fumes. People waited on every corner to ford each busy street. Clothes, radios and food produce spread out in ...

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Publishers Weekly, April 2000

Hersage spins an enthralling tale, tackling this difficult subject with clear writing, strong characters and a brisk pace.

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