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The Slave Across the Street [Kindle Edition]

Theresa L. Flores , PeggySue Wells
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Book Description

*** Wall Street Journal and USA Today best seller! ***

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 L. Flores shares how her life as an All-American, blonde-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 wihtout 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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About the Author

Ms. Flores has been a Licensed Social Worker for nearly twenty years. She holds a Masters of Science in Counseling Education and is a Human Development Specialist. Ms. Flores writes a regular magazine article entitled Spiritual Parenting, facilitates a monthly kids group and is the mother of three children. She lectures nationally on parenting, multi-cultural issues and human trafficking. Ms. Flores mission is to educate others on the horrors of trafficking and fight against this huge injustice of innocent people. She hopes that by revealing her story, it will give victims of all types of abuse hope and assist in their healing process.

Product Details

  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ampelon Publishing (January 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034KYZQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An imporant stroy regarding human trafficking December 29, 2009
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When Liam Neeson's movie "Taken" came out in 2008 many people were shocked. The film portrayed how easily it was for unassuming girls to get pulled into the slave trade. As the setting was Paris, I had several friends question my sanity in sending my teenage daughter on a student ambassador program which included a week in France. The movie and my daughter's trip both had a good ending, but for many girls the horrors of the slave trade are an awful reality.

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.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slavery Can Happen Anywhere January 12, 2010
In The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores, she recounts her terrible nightmare of being used as a sex slave in the Detroit area. As she recounts her story, I found myself wanting to vomit at some of the hidious acts against this young teen.

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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How a Lost Soul Can Heal January 30, 2010
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I read this book with a little bit of knowledge about the subject matter going in. What I read was nothing I was prepared for in the least. An upper middle class teen in the suburbs of Detroit who should be trying our for cheerleading or worrying about that term paper due at the end of the week, was instead fearing for her life and being heinously brutalized on a nearly daily basis - and hiding the entire thing from her family in fear she would put them in harm's way.

As you read this book, Teresa's story unfolds in front of you but you have to remind yourself over and over that this is a "normal American teen from the suburbs". She tells of her deep pain and confusion, but moreover, she tells of her healing process which I found to be quite amazing and something that I am certain that will give others in similar, or maybe not so similar, situations the hope they so desperately need to move on with their lives.

Well written with plenty of information at the end to help anyone who reads the book. I highly recommend it to anyone who has been abused, knows someone who has, or who has a son or daughter that could easily get caught up in this horrible scenario. I also recommend this book to teachers
and other mandated reporters as it will show you signs that you might not know to look for otherwise.

Overall I wold recommend this book to anyone and everyone who would be interested in hearing such an unbelievable story that happened in Detroit, but could, and probably does, happen anywhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book
I put five stars because this is an important book and it should be read, but it is misleading to say, "I loved it". Read more
Published 2 days ago by csc4vandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Heartbreaking facts about the evil lurking around every corner waiting to take advantage of young girls.
Published 20 days ago by Christina Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars a great 'read' that you can't put down
I gave it 5 stars cause I couldn't put the book down. I never thought that this happens to children that you would see and just think they have your everyday, typical, normal life. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jan Sewell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Thankyou for sharing your story and bringing awareness of this horrific problem in America.
Published 1 month ago by Treed
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener
During the 1980s when slave trade was not a well-known crime, a teen endured her role as a sex slave for two years with no help from adults, but faith in God.
Published 1 month ago by Cassandra Klesch
3.0 out of 5 stars Mistakes like this make the book appear less credible
Whether true or not, a truly shocking story. However, it needed more careful proofreading. The types of errors were not the kind a spell checker would find, because they were... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Kerrigan
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Nothing spectacular about her writing, you could tell the book was for personal healing more than educational. Not bad by any means.
Published 1 month ago by happygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex Slave...A Brave Young Girl Tells Her Story!
A must read for anyone who wants to understand the impact of human trafficking and sex slavery. So many people believe sex slavery is taking place in foreign countries, but few... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patricia L. Fryer
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly frightening!
The story of this woman is amazing and very scary. It was fascinating how as a teenage she so innocently got "pulled in " by these horrible people. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah B
5.0 out of 5 stars disturbing
Such an important story to tell. It makes you look more closely at people around you and feel even more protective of young girls
Published 2 months ago by Beth Borham
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