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Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe’s cities? No one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrants - most of them young men - from Muslim-majority countries.

In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal cases, and personal testimony.  Among these facts: In 2014, sexual violence in Western Europe surged following a period of stability. In 2018 Germany, “offences against sexual self-determination” rose 36 percent from their 2014 rate; nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German. In Austria in 2017, asylum-seekers were suspects in 11 percent of all reported rapes and sexual harassment cases, despite making up less than one percent of the total population. 

This violence isn’t a figment of alt-right propaganda, Hirsi Ali insists, even if neo-Nazis exaggerate it. It’s a real problem that Europe - and the world - cannot continue to ignore. She explains why so many young Muslim men who arrive in Europe engage in sexual harassment and violence, tracing the roots of sexual violence in the Muslim world from institutionalized polygamy to the lack of legal and religious protections for women. 

A refugee herself, Hirsi Ali is not against immigration. As a child in Somalia, she suffered female genital mutilation; as a young girl in Saudi Arabia, she was made to feel acutely aware of her own vulnerability. Immigration, she argues, requires integration and assimilation. She wants Europeans to reform their broken system - and for Americans to learn from European mistakes. If this doesn’t happen, the calls to exclude new Muslim migrants from Western countries will only grow louder.

Deeply researched and featuring fresh and often shocking revelations, Prey uncovers a sexual assault and harassment crisis in Europe that is turning the clock on women’s rights much further back than the #MeToo movement is advancing it.

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Feminist Must-Read

In Prey, Ayaan Hirsi Ali shines a critical, but highly compassionate, light on the issue of Muslim immigration in Europe and how it affects women’s rights and freedoms. This is essential reading for feminists.

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"A Powerful Realty That Could Happen in the US"

An important book everyone woman should read! European women are dealing with a lot of 5he issues the book Prey talks about. A must read!

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Women's Rights are Dissolving. Ayaan Investigates.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali's newest book, "Prey", while researched and well-thought out for what Ayaan wanted to say to address the problems she was addressing, adding stories and examples of laws and loopholes that are used by immigrants, leaves you waiting with bated breath, waiting for Hirsi Ali to give concise solutions to the problems that she sees. It also, however, educates the reader to understand that the first problem to be solved is: citizens have not recognized what is actually going on in Europe AND that what is going on IS a problem, further exacerbated by other problems of sexism, patriarchy, rape culture, porn culture, etc. The book seems like a broken record in many ways, in the sense that, Hirsi Ali recounts some stories that we've heard before (those that made international press), societal problems, problematic cultural norms, religious values and political yo-yoing of problems and legislative impotence to deal with violence, etc. What is different about Hirsi Ali's book, however, is that "Prey" superimposes the "broken record" parts of Hirsi Ali's monograph with the issues of increased immigration and specifically with increased immigration from Muslim-majority cultures to demonstrate how immigration is changing Europe and women's rights in Europe. This book is not only a study on these issues: it is a warning to Europe and the entire world to pay attention and understand how mass immigration has, is and will continue, to change their cultures, permanently, for better and for worse.

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Data supported recommendations

Intensive, long term, footnote documented research on difficult current issues by someone who then tried to apply solutions at the community and national level and who documents the threats to her life from doing such. Worth the time to seriously consider the proposed suggestions.

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Necessary Info, Tough to Get Through

The content is rich with statistics and a thorough analysis of the data that gives a tough, but fair reality. Hirsi Ali’s delivery, while authoritative and clearly knowledgeable, was the only weak point for me, but I think another reader would do this content a disservice. Chock this up to personal preference. It’s easily a 4/5 for me, though the content is definitely triggering for some and Hirsi Ali’s reading may be difficult for some to follow.

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Totally on point

What an amazing factual book. As an European and American citizen I can see what is happening and what slowly has been happening in the last 20 years but even more since 2015. Still, to be able to actually hear all this numbers and the data is unbelievable. I too wonder where are all the so called femenists whenever there is a gang rape in Europe which there are a lot clearly, where are they when women’s rights do not even exist in many Muslim countries and I could go on and on. Being a feminist is not to walk with a vagina hat in your head, but to defend women universally even when it means not accepting cultures that diminish woman. If they move here they should adapt. I am a legal immigrant and now enjoy the privileges of dual citizenship, I worked for it and have adapted.

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Not sure what I was expecting, but definitely NOT

Hmmmm, not sure what to say about this book but it definitely was not a good audio book. Perhaps it would have been better in a hard copy format if a person was looking at statistics and such for maybe a research project?

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A Must Read/Hear

An incredibly important book. Difficult to hear the summations of crimes against women but powerful. The last 3 chapters should be required reading for everyone!!!

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Really good book but…

I loved this book. I listened to 2 of her other books read by her and I loved them. However, I agree with other reviews that this one should have been read by someone else. Since there is a lot of numbers and more technical words, a native english speaker would have been less distracting.

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Excellent eye opener

I found this book to be an eye opener for those people who think Europe is always going to be progressively more liberal, but making references to the Handmaid’s Tale, Ayaan Hirsi Ali points out that in the European Union nations and other places around, the pendulum is swinging in the negative direction. I’d give this book more than five stars, but can’t, but this book is a good read for those who want to learn more about the current state of Europe.

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Hugely, highly recommended, a brilliant book by a brilliant lady

This is an incredible book. It’s not easy listening: at times I felt furious, other times I wanted to weep, but it gives such a well-researched and intelligent account of our times that I think everyone should read it or listen to it. Hirsi Ali reads beautifully with feeling and authority; she is such a refreshing voice after all the woke nonsense we are subjected to at the moment. I wanted to hear more. Prey has certainly opened my eyes to the potential nightmare we have created.