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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.
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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i downloaded this book to my kindle a few months ago. I recognized the author's name as I am involved with a group from my church called Love Runs. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kathryn
This was a short memoir of how a girl raised in 1980's middle America became a prostitute to a gang of "Chaldeans". Read morePublished 16 days ago by Horsewoman
Amazing story of survival, I met the author and listen to her speak of her story....Wow! Opens your eyes and mind to what is happening out there to people we may even know... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Lee
I do not doubt the truthfulness of Flores' story even with the numerous inconsistencies (one's memory may be fragmented in the face of such abuse) and I'm sorry that anyone would... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Skeptical Hillbilly
This is a very informative true story of a teen age girl. I would recommend this read to anyone, especially parents of teens.Published 2 months ago by Marlene Williams
So many people don't even know this horror exists in the US. More people need to be informed and I'm so thankful to this brave lady for sharing the horror she endured to save other... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer
Written in a rather boring style, it's obvious that this isn't a true story. The author claims that she was gang raped multiple times, yet never got an STD or pregnant. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne Reid
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