Dime by E. R. Frank
This is a gritty, and traumatic story about what can happen to a girl who has no one to care for her. And the only people who help her want to use and abuse her. Dime is a young teen-ager when she finds herself sitting at the bus stop with no coat or home to go to in the middle of an East Coast winter. The handsome manipulative pimp “Daddy” that takes her in, convinces her that she is the one that he loves, and not the other two working girls. Dime wants to give Daddy everything and it doesn’t take long till she also finds herself working the streets at night.
Throughout the book Dime tries to keep up her school attendance and stay in the thinking game by not drinking or using drugs like some of the other prostitutes. Unfortunately no one seems to be around to help Dime. Not teachers, her parents, elders, people in the neighborhood or…ANYONE! It takes some extreme circumstances for Dime to really understand the life situation that she is in, including a very disturbing series of sex-crimes with a pre-teen girl.
To be clear, this book is about the sex-trafficking of minors. This book is about young girls coerced into prostitution. And this book is detailed about what that means and how that happens.
If you enjoyed Sold, Speak or Kendra you may also like this book.
Review by Sarah Rosenkrantz