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About the Author

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Theresa Flores is a survivor of human trafficking. Since she escaped the world of trafficking, she has become one of the country's most prominent advocates related to human trafficking awareness.

Ms. Flores has been a licensed social worker in Ohio for nearly 20 years. She received a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Ball State University in Indiana and a Masters degree in Counseling Education from the University of Dayton as a Human Development Specialist. She is featured by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum in a traveling exhibit entitled, Invisible Slavery.

As a much sought after international speaker and expert on human trafficking, Theresa was also appointed to the Ohio Attorney Generals Human Trafficking Commission in 2009 and has testified before the Ohio House and Senate in support of Human Trafficking Legislation. Her efforts were a major part of the success of SB235 being passed into law by Ohio Governor Strickland on December 23, 2010.

Along with her busy speaking schedule, Ms. Flores also runs a non-profit organization called S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) that engages people to help thwart the advances of teen prostitution and human trafficking in their local communities. Ms. Flores' story has been featured on MSNBC/The Today Show in an investigative series called Sex Slaves: The Teen Trade.

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author PeggySue Wells is the author of two-dozen titles including bestseller and audio finalist The Slave Across the Street which she co-authored with Theresa Flores.
PeggySue's books are published nationally and internationally, and have been translated into several languages. She writes fiction and non-fiction, memoirs, ghostwrites, and specializes in co-authoring. PeggySue is an engaging speaker, and hosts interactive workshops at schools where she shares the essential tips professionals use for writing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ampelon Publishing (January 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780982328682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982328682
  • ASIN: 0982328680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Chad Estes on 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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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Dave Anthold VINE VOICE on January 12, 2010
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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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180 of 210 people found the following review helpful By TJ Milburn on February 4, 2012
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I saw the author speak at a Human Trafficking conference a few years ago in Oklahoma. I was astounded at her story. This was not because I didn't think humans could do horrible and sinister things to one another. I was astounded that her story had missing information in all the right places to make it unverifiable. She lived in a middle class family, her dad worked for a generic big firm, she had generic friends who only had first names and most astoundingly, her torturers and rapists only had first names too. What really got me interested was when she stated she went to Grove High School in Birmingham. There is a high school in Birmingham but it is GROVES high school. A small difference but once repeated both in speech and print it seems odd.

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?
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