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THE EVILS OF CHILD PROSTITUTION!
on March 25, 2012
James A. Levine is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a world renowned Scientist, Doctor and Researcher. When in India, investigating child labor, he walked down the famed Street of Cages in Mumbai. This is one of the central areas for the estimated half-million child prostitutes. Before leaving the street, he saw a fifteen year old girl, wearing a pink sari, writing in a Blue Notebook. The image of the girl in the pink sari haunted him so that he was compelled to write The Blue Notebook. This book is a novel.
In order to pay off family debts, Batuk's father brings her to Mumbai, India and sells her to Master Gahil, a sex trader. He, in turn, sells Batuk to the highest bidder looking for a young virgin. She is only nine years old at the time. Master Gahil then sends her to "The Orphanage." When she is fifteen years old, she is put to work as a prostitute on the Common Street in Mumbai. She is selling "sweet-cake", another term for sexual intercourse. Her boss is a hardened old hag by the name of Mamaki Briila. She is called Hippopotamus by the prostitutes. Batuk is a part of a group of five girls and one boy named Puneet, who becomes her best friend. She ends up in a cage, the size of a toilet servicing about ten men a day in exchange for food and a bed. Batuk's life consists of rape, violence and starvation. She is abused in every unimaginable way. Her best friend Puneet was violently raped by two Police Officers, which left him unable to work. When his health improves, he is forced back to work. Puneet is then sent away to be castrated before reaching puberty. When Puneet returns he is quite depressed. Batuk decides to write a fantasy story especially for him to cheer him up.
When Batuk was younger she was very sick with TB and was brought to the Missionary's Medical Center. It was there that she befriended a nurse named Hita, who taught her how to read and write. In order to survive this horrific life, she distracts herself by keeping a diary of her story and her private thoughts in a Blue Notebook. "I like to put things on paper. I like to see my thoughts because otherwise they are invisible." She also writes "I am not sure why I write but in my mind I shudder that it may be so that one day I can look back and read how I have melted into my ink and become nothing."
The ending of this novel is surprising. This is not an easy book to read. In fact, it is disturbing and very graphic.
It is a very well written book. It's an eye-opener and an unforgettable story. This book merits FIVE STARS.
Joseph A. Levine's purpose for writing The Blue Notebook is to raise awareness and funds to stop child exploitation. All the proceeds from this novel will be donated to the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.