Today I am hosting a blog tour stop. I would like to introduce you to author Junying Kirk:
Life of a Sex Slave on the Land of Hope/ Junying Kirk
Should I cry, or should I remain calm, as if nothing has happened?
Different thoughts are playing in my head, as I sit in my cold cell, so far away from my home, so foreign, so alone, and so unfair. All I did was try to make a living, and here I am, detained in a guilao police station whose name and location elude me, except for the knowledge that it is not London, but somewhere in the UK: the land of hope for people like me.
I am 20 years old, but really I just turned 19 a month ago according to the calculation of the Western calendar. When I left home in Changle, Southern China, I was barely 16.
In my final book of Journey to the West trilogy, I have told the stories of a number of immigrants, and one of them is a young girl called Ah Fang, the only child to her parents back in China. In a hot summer day when out with her mates on the streets, a childish misadventure spelt the beginning of an unfortunate, tragic journey to the west of her own. Kidnapped, raped and subsequently trafficked by the snakeheads, her innocent and happy days ended in a fateful moment, her once carefree life took a shocking turn, pushing her into a dark, brutal world of sex slavery and merciless exploitation.
In my latest career as a professional interpreter spanning over a decade, I have come across a number of young girls like Ah Fang. I have met them in Police detentions, in courts and in solicitor consultation rooms. I have even seen one or two, semi-naked and without modesty, in brothels when the Police raided them. I have heard of their tales of heartache and pain, their sorrow and their suffering. Hand on heart, who could help but being touched and saddened by such cruelty of fate and injustice of life?
Here is another excerpt from Land of Hope, still in the voice of Ah Fang:
For the men who ravaged my body and soul, I was not the only victim of their heinous crimes. They did the same to many other innocent girls. I doubted if any of these nasty bastards would ever be brought to justice by the laws of the countries we had travelled through. How would anyone find out what they did to us, or would they even care? Even if they did get caught, would any of their victims be brave enough and strong enough to go to court and give evidence against them? No way! These bastards remain nameless and faceless even to us, the young girls and women they have abused and assaulted, ravaged and ruined, against our will. Even if some of us were willing to speak out, who in the real world would represent us, the weak, the poor, the underprivileged, the downtrodden, and worst of all, the invisible and illegal?
Over time, I have learnt to see the world I live in. For the majority of the people in Western, democratic countries, we are illegal immigrants;; although not exactly untouchable, we drift along under the surface and remain most of the time hidden in places like takeaway kitchens or fruit-packing in remote areas. We are like shadows in the dark, ghosts who have no physical form in the real world, hence are insignificant. Once in a while, we cause a bit of stir in their news and media, when their politicians want votes from new immigration laws, or when illegals or underworld gangs or drug dealers committed a terrible crime, too horrendous to be swept quietly under the carpet.
It is my unrelenting desire to reveal some of these dark, deep-rooted, sometimes unspeakable secrets and violence from one human being to another, bringing to surface the hidden lives of immigrants, young women and girls like Ah Fang. If you wish to find out more about Ah Fang’s heart-breaking tales, please check out Land of Hope.
Book Blurb: Junying Kirk completes her ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy with this inter-racial saga. A complex love story is interwoven through a tale of international crime, broken dreams, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. ‘Journey’ is just that, a merciless trek from the coast of Southern China to the drug farms in the heart of England, exposing worlds you never would have imagined exist.
Author Bio: Junying Kirk grew up in the turbulent times of the Cultural Revolution. A British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at a top English University in 1988, followed by further postgraduate degrees at Glasgow and Leeds. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher, cultural consultant and professional interpreter. She loves reading & writing books. Her ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy, The Same Moon, Trials of Life and Land of Hope are available in digital format at Amazon.UK, Amazon.Com, and Smashwords. The paperback will be published in the near future.
Please continue the tour and join Junying tomoorow at Eden Baylee’s fabulous site for further Author Spotlight.