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Girls Like Us

Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself
Narrated by: Rachel Lloyd
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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During her teens, Rachel Lloyd ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. With time, through incredible resilience, and with the help of a local church community, she finally broke free of her pimp and her past and devoted herself to helping other young girls escape "the life".

In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark world of commercial sex trafficking in cinematic detail and tells the story of her groundbreaking nonprofit organization: GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. With great humanity, she shares the stories of the girls whose lives GEMS has helped - small victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.

©2011 Rachel Lloyd (P)2018 Tantor

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crummy parents and shitty world

Sexually exploited children...not teenage prostitutes. The moms raising them are from a terrible life too and with free food and medical and housing im at a loss at what else to do except maybe a mobile counseling and parent skills van.The poor people are damaged goods and ive long found the kind hearted western brothel offensive and any show that makes prostitution seem cool or a 1st option. And rap singers and pimp songs? Way to exploit an easy sell...little kids trying to make there own live more exciting thru a candy coated nightmare distraction. Any movie show or store or that has barely legal kidz in it acting like life is grand and they are happy as shit is a false and harmful message that just perpetuates the crime of sex expl child. Good book and nailed the problem and Gems is a miracle and God bless....the poor little dears....i could scream. :(

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  • k. varney
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 03-14-19

Everyone should read this

Every pastor, politician, or all involved with law-enforcement should read this book. It’s brutally honest and doesn’t mince words. Powerful message. Thank you Rachel for taking the time and doing the hard work of sharing your story so authentically.

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Important subject - should be read

It took me some time to get used to the narrator's voice, which I found difficult to understand at times. I think it would have been better to have an actress read the book rather than the author. Having said that, the book is on a very important topic, child sex trafficing. The stories are told in a manner where the reader can understand and identify with the subject. How thru a series of bad choices and rotten luck the girls become slaves to their pimps. How and why the girls got into the situaltion they find themselves in is explained so that you can see how it happened to these young helpless girls. But most importantly the reader is educated in the politics of the sex trade. I have a greater understanding of societies prejudices against these young victims. Which only makes it harder for them to leave their situation. The book brings a dark and uncomfortable subject into the light . I will never look at a sex worker the same way. I would definitely recommend this book!

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Heart wrenching

A book EVERYONE should read. Ashamed of being so naive to the suffering that others go through.

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loved it. awesome narrator

A few years ago I would have put a book like this down and run away, refusing to allow myself so much exposure to the underbelly of human nature. But now that I have the courage to face it, I am richly rewarded with a tale of inspiration, courage and transcendance. Thank you Rachel Lloyd. You have lived, written, and performed a story that rips the blinders off any who have a large enough heart to follow you to the depths and heights of humanity.

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Eye Opening Self Reflection

Even though I am not a survivor of commerial trafficking, I am a survivor of rape and domestic violence. There were so many time throughout this book I thought "OMG, this is just for me!"..."How did she know?"
I am grateful to know I am not alone in my struggles and triumphs.

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Beautifully written and read

I am so glad I bought this book on Audible and listened to Rachel read it in her own words and in her own way. Beautifully written and narrated. As someone who works to rescue girls from sexual exploitation, this book tells the story best and explains a tragic subject in a smart and understandable way.

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New Jim Crow of human trafficking

All men need to read this book. Especially if you are a Father. It will cause you to rethink your attitudes about prostitution and pornography. It will cause you to reconsider the lessons you teach your children and the media consumption you let slide. this book is raw but you will be motivated to change when you are done reading.

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Inspiring.

She brings a voice to what most people push aside and dont want to think about. Eye opening.