BR-116 Motorway

December 19th, 2013

This book started as a journalistic work, a way of documenting a situation which I felt needed to be told. Canadian country singer Dean Brody and I planned to travel up the BR-116, a motorway which we had discovered had an alarming incidence of child prostitution. We would tell the girls’ stories, expose some of the perpetrators, hopefully bring the problem out of the shadows.

But it quickly turned personal as the true depth and scale of this tragedy began to impact us in ways we had never expected. Within days we were both experiencing a sense of despair and brokenness deeper than anything we had ever had to deal with. Our lives changed forever as we came face to face with precious, beautiful young lives being torn apart before our eyes. And the book became the story of another journey, of an attempt to rescue them, and of the stirrings of hope amid the darkness.

Now much more than ever, I believe the world needs to hear about the BR-116. I truly hope and pray that what you are about to read will affect you just as deeply and irreversibly. For, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr, “the greatest tragedy” is “not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”


excerpt from: Highway to Hell: The Road Where Childhoods Are Stolen by Matt Roper Copyright©2013 by Monarch Books an imprint of Lion Hudson plc, distributed by Kregel Publications. Used with permission.

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