Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Breaking Free

By: Abby Sher
Location: NF 364.15 SHE
Genre: Sex Trafficking

There are more people trafficked and held captive as slaves today than there were over the course of the transatlantic slave trade.

I am so weary of our world at the moment, I am sickened by what people do to each other, the pain that they inflict, the bigoted actions, the distorted world views that make people impose acts of unspeakable hatred. 
Why have we not learned. 100 years ago we tried to destroy each other with guns, today children are being beheaded because their parents hold to a faith. 
Our world is sick, and this book exposes another side to our illness- the sex slave trade.

This shocking, unflinching and very readable book tells of three women in particular as representative of all the young girls and women sold, beaten or forced into slavery and sexual abuse today.

We read of a girl in Cambodia who was sold over and over to pay other people's debts and who was bought by a Swiss aid worker who frequented her pimp's brothel.

 A girl in California was abused by her own parents, a seemingly respectable Vietnamese couple, who brought her to a brothel to earn for them every night throughout her school and university days.

A legal Mexican immigrant in America was kidnapped then enslaved as a house maid and sexually abused for six years, before her captor was killed by another member of the household who left the girl to take the blame. Jailed for twenty-five years, she was released after twenty.

These brave young women have gone on to campaign on behalf of girls like themselves - blogging, speaking at meetings or starting a sewing workshop, school and safe house - and have received international awards.

It sends the powerful message that, even in the most tragic circumstances, the unwavering hope and compassion of the human spirit can and will shine through.The book has already been hailed by activists and educators as a powerful tool for the classroom and beyond. 

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