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In her book, "The Slave Across the Street," Theresa Flores brings the human trafficking story home to the United States, to a wealthy suburb of Detroit, sharing what really happened in her own life. Not the victim we tend to imagine in these crimes--white, upper class, stable family--Theresa was taken advantage of, repeatedly, and was in a cycle of abuse that was so cruel she was lucky to have escaped with her life.
Flores now shares about these teen years as part of her own healing, uncovering what had lain secret for years, but needed to be brought into the light of truth not only for her but also for current victims and potential ones.
Although the subject matter of the book is by its nature adult material Flores descriptions of her life are not graphic in detail. I have read similar themed books that emphasize the horror of the lifestyle with only a chapter of redemption at the end. They make for a titillating read, but are hardly helpful in the fight against human trafficking. This book is bare of the glamorization of such tragedies and only provides enough story to understand the enslavement issue.Read more ›
Theresa was fifteen when her whole world turned upside down. At fifteen, you think that nothing can touch you. You start thinking about the opposite sex, and your stomach turns to mush when that special someone walks by. She recounts how a simple act of flirtation led to one wrong decision, which led to one nightmare after another. She was forced into losing her virginity at fifteen and then pictures surfaced that forced her to choose between her family's safety or embarassment. She chose to protect her family & that single decision catapulted into eighteen months of servitude to a human trafficking ring.
Hearing Theresa's story made my stomach spin in disgust. Theresa came from an upper middle income family. She was white, blonde and blue-eyed. Human trafficking is not isolated to third-world countries. This book pulls the lid off sex slavery and child exploitation. This story is not devoid of pain, sorrow, hurt or healing. Theresa is healing - emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally.
After she tells her story, she provides valuable information for parents, law enforcement, friends, educators to be aware of the signs of someone who is hurting. We always think that we will see the signs, but the truth is, we don't want to look deep enough into people to see their hurt.
This book is a must read for parents, counselors, teachers, kids, friends and whomever you can put it in their hands. This book is graphic and it will shock you, so consider yourself warned, but it is important to read or listen. I was a bit naive that something like this could touch me in my middle class world, I'm glad I listened to this book.
Another thing I noticed was that throughout the story virtually every adult figure except her tormentors is either stupid or negligent. The police she contacted did not know or ask if she was a minor and somehow turned her away quickly saying the statute of limitations had passed. This is odd because very few police know what the statute of limitations is for rape and even when they do have occasion to learn it, it is very complicated to apply the formula. How would they know whether the statute had run if they didn't know her age? her adult family members in this tale are either very loving and attentive or completely clueless depending I guess on whether it is dark outside because they know all about her and treat her "caringly and lovingly" until nightfall when she apparently sneaks out four nights out of seven to go be a sex slave. According to the story her teachers know about her sex slavery but don't say anything. Really?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I believe, God help my unbelief. We must see this face of evil and act! Regardless of where or to whom, this injustice must end.Published 2 days ago by Donita
This was a story of triumph, but so very sad. But beyond the narrative itself, how can a book be published with typos and mistakes? This did an injustice to Ms. Flores' story. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Carolyn
At first I could not believe that this could happen, Very good book, well written. Shocking that this could occur in Michigan. Read morePublished 3 days ago by pdgutie
The book left me emotionally drained. Hard to believe this can be going on right in our own neighborhoods.Published 5 days ago by Frances Cubelo
I liked most the fact that this girl had the courage to write this book about the terror and horror she went through. I feel like she was accomplishing the reason she wrote it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sharon Malasky
very interesting read, very sad that this happens and very eye opening. scary in factPublished 7 days ago by Renee Barnett
Like some others have said I found the first half of the book to be a bit unbelievable. Hard to believe that she could be gone ad much as she was and nobody noticed. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mike Robbins
Highly readable account of a young girl's descent into sex slavery. How many young girls might have done exactly what she did? Kids don't know they have options... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Native Daughter
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