Child trafficking is a tragic epidemic, which has spread around the world but is particularly prevalent throughout Asia, where less value can be put on a life, than the value of money that life may be worth to another.
In India alone the numbers involved are enormous.
These gangs operate, seemingly with impunity, at times with the collusion of those who are paid by the state to protect its citizens, and of course are ultimately funded by the ‘citizens’ themselves who use the services of such gangs to pander to their needs.
These girls are not seen as human beings but rather as commodities to be traded.
Factor in corruption among the authorities, and it is easy to see how difficult it can be to prevent girls from being taken in the first place, but also how near impossible it is for those who are abducted into this form of life to be found, rescued and rehabilitated.
In ‘Scar Tissue’ the author, David Skivington uses the story he has created to transport the reader through a narrative that portrays a harrowing account.
The narrative is of one girl who is abducted, and the struggle that her British father faces as he pursues the criminal gang behind her kidnapping. But could he be an accomplice of those who took the child? That is what his English wife Rachel is led to believe when, in a single phone call, her entire life unravels in a terrifying way, totally beyond her imagination.
Transported to a dingy basement in Kolkata to identify the body of her murdered husband, she has no explanation for his presence in India. As she searches for answers about who the man she married really was, she finds his death surrounded by allegations of drug smuggling, child trafficking and murder.
Unsure of what is true and who she can trust, Rachel has no idea of the danger in which her husband's hidden life has placed her.
About the author
David completed an MA in Development Studies in which he explored the cause of many social issues.
His studies focused particularly on the caste system in India.
After this he trained as a teacher and taught RE in the UK for three years.
David and his wife, Bee, are now working as a volunteers, teaching English to children in a rural orphanage school in Andhra Pradesh, South East India.
David loves being immersed in different cultures and has used his experiences in India to craft his debut crime thriller novel, which is set in Kolkata.
His novel looks at the prejudice faced by the Dalit caste and also the cruelty of human trafficking.