While more and more people each day become aware of the dangerous world of human trafficking, most people in the U.S. still believe this is something that happens to foreign women, men, and children - not something that happens to their own. In this powerful true story, Theresa Flores shares how her life as an All-American, blue-eyed, blond-haired, 15-year-old teenager, who could have been your neighbor, was enslaved into the dangerous world of sex trafficking while living in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit.
Her story peels the cover off of this horrific criminal activity and gives dedicated activists as well as casual bystanders a glimpse into the underbelly of trafficking. And it all happened while living at home without her parents ever knowing about it.
Involuntarily involved in a large underground criminal ring, Ms. Flores endured more as a child than most adults will ever face their entire lives. In this book, Ms. Flores discusses how she healed the wounds of sexual servitude and offers advice to parents and professionals on preventing this from occurring again, educating and presenting significant facts on human trafficking in modern day America.
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My heart goes out to Theresa, and I think her story could have a very important message. Unfortunately, this message did not come across in the audio book. All I really perceived was a montage of horrific acts of violence against a young girl, ending with a list of people that could be blamed for what happened. I did not feel like there was a genuine explanation of how she survives today, or what the readers can actually DO. I'm all for being uncomfortable when reading about such a serious topic, but I would like for there to be a purpose in mind.
To be fair to Theresa, this was truly some of the worst narrating I have ever heard, and that may have contributed to how responded to the story. EVER SINGLE WORD that aggressors said was grotesquely emphasized , presumably to make sure we understood they were evil (They tricked a girl into white slavery. I think we could have figured that out on our own). In addition, the narrator tried to make her voice deep and gruff for every male character and breathless and delicate for every female. The result was actually pretty funny, but this is not a funny story. Raudman, or whoever instructed her, did this story a great disservice.
To summarize: I wish I never would have listened to this audiobook. I am deeply interested in the subject, but this book is NOT the place to turn if you want to learn about the issue of modern slavery. However, I cannot be sure if this is due to Theresa's storytelling or the narrator's ridiculous choices. Either way, "Slave" by Mende Nazer (hard copy; I haven't listened to the audiobook) would be an infinitely better choice.
I really liked this book and I think it opened my eyes the way a kid could be blackmailed into prostitution. I would recommend the book.
There is something missing in this story I think the writer wasn't honest completely. There are lots of holes in this story. Parents are blind and deaf! They don't even question the girl when the police bring her home thorn and bloody gang raped by two dozen men. In reality she should be dead after that experience or be in hospital, but instead she just takes a bath!!!!
I have meet a survivor of sex trafficking and heard her story and this book rings very true in comparison with what I heard and have read about this growing issue in the US and abroad. How anyone could try to blame the victims is beyond me. If it happens to independent women of adult age why would we think teens were exempt.
It's horrible that her community/school did nothing about the obvious issues she presented. Regardless of where her she agreed to help or not. The policeman should have told her parents explicitly what he suspected. I can't believe he wanted her to continue the abuse to bust the main guy but does nothing when she doesn't do or say what he wants. Where is his protect and serve mandate?
No, due to the horrible experiences described therein.
The fact that Theresa let the abuse continue for so long.
She was overly-dramatic which made a lot of her narration hard to understand and became frustrating and tiring. The over-dramatization also diminished the point of the book. She was not a good choice to narrate this book.
Theresa kept blaming everyone but herself for her abuse, and kept stating that she was only a child at the time. I don't consider 15 and 16 years of age that of a child.
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