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.
Really changed my understanding of the issue - especially how hard it is for these girls to enter our world of reality and the guidance needed by understanding people.Published 15 days ago by patricia Fillmore
Hard to read but a skillful, political account of what the sex trade is really about. Should be used for educating professionals.Published 16 days ago by Roxanne Murrell
Poignant and eye-opening! A must-read for anyone interested in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children and a voice for the victims of abuse.Published 1 month ago by Melissa Carozza
It was an eye opener to learn how much sexual abuse/slavery is rampant in the world, and right in our own backyards of America. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary V Hall
One of the best survivor stories I have read. I use a lot of Lloyds experiences and revelations in my educational pieces about Human Trafficking.Published 1 month ago by ESSIE
The Ugandan girls story was hard to read but so worth it. The American girls story was unnecessary and too vulgar. I skipped her part. Read morePublished 1 month ago by cindyvoh
Rachel begins this memoir by explaining that she is the Executive Director of a Program named GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beverly Johnson