ED2012 Words & Events Reviews

Lydia Cacho (Edinburgh International Book Festival)

By | Published on Friday 31 August 2012

Last year 300,000 women and girls were sold in Mexico. Lydia Cacho’s most recent book focuses on the growth of human trafficking among organised crime. Twice applause breaks out in amazement at Cacho’s acts of bravery while undertaking investigative journalism. She speaks sadly about people believing her to be some sort of “superwoman” – although it’s hard not to when she talks casually of angering gangsters on several continents and disguising herself by performing as a pole dancer and dressing as a nun. Aside from her seeming like an action hero, she delivers an informed analysis of the business model of this international trade. And she hasn’t lost her sense of humour, ending with a story about a gangster recommending her latest book.

Peppers Theatre, 25 Aug, 4.00pm.
[Lia Sanders]