Child sex trafficking is hard to imagine because each person's story is different. The best way for you to understand the multiple facets of child sex trafficking is to hear the stories of survivors. Here are a few book recommendations for understanding more deeply child sex trafficking in America told by a few Survivor Leaders.
Book Recommendation: The Slave Across the Street
Since The Slave Across the Street was first published, Theresa Flores has become a leading human trafficking subject matter expert and activist. But reaching this point in her recovery didn't happen overnight. This updated edition delves deeper into the aftermath of her experience, physical and emotional implications, and multiple levels of trauma that trafficking can have upon a person.
In this powerful true story, Theresa shares how her life as an all-American 15-year-old teenager became enslaved into the dangerous world of sex trafficking all while living at home with unsuspecting parents in an upper middle-class suburb of Detroit.
This is the story of me, Hope Doe. In Suicide and Sex Work: Finding God in a Godless World, you will find the story of a child victim of sex trafficking. You will find a girl cursing at and crying out to a God she isn't sure she believes in to save her. You'll find a story of rescue and redemption.
Book Recommendation: Ria's Story: From Ashes To Beauty
Leadership and success principles should be practical, relevant, easy to understand, and simple to apply. Unfortunately, they often seem confusing, vague, or theoretical, leaving us uncertain how to leverage them. Leadership is the ability to influence ourselves and others. We all want, and at some level need, more influence because life gets better when we can influence others more effectively. Ria understands the frustration of feeling like a victim of circumstances, lacking self-confidence, and inability to influence other people. She left home at 19 without a job, money, or a high school diploma. A victim of sex trafficking by her father, she was desperate to escape. Ria went on to be successful, but it took her years to learn to influence other people effectively. Today, as a TEDx Speaker and Certified Leadership Trainer, Ria teaches leadership and success principles in a real, relatable, and practical way so you can increase your influence, develop your leadership, and maximize your results so you can become the leader you are destined to be. Every woman deserves access to life changing tools of transformation, practical information, and real leadership principles she can apply to increase her influence and improve her circumstances at home, at work, and in life. It’s not what happens to you that matters most. It’s who you become because of it.
Book Recommendation: Nobody's Girl
"I have personally experienced the juvenile justice and child welfare/foster care systems. As a vulnerable child I experienced the horrific extreme violence of child sexual abuse, then the trauma and violence of domestic minor sex trafficking and exploitation, when I was trafficked on the streets of Washington D.C. then New York City for over a decade." - Barbara Amaya