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Slave Girl

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,398 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
From the age of three, the very people who weremeant to be looking after and protecting Sarah Forsyth were sexually abusing her. Somehow she managed to overcome the hurt and heartbreak of a horrific childhood, and build a new and happy life for herself as a nursery nurse. Then, one day, Sarah spotted a newspaper advert for a job in a creche in Amsterdam. Thrilled by the pr ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by John Blake (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sibel Hodge
Mar 06, 2012 Sibel Hodge rated it it was amazing
Last year I wrote Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave to try and raise awareness about trafficking, so after my research for it I was expecting a lot of the horrific ordeal that Sarah describes in her book, but many others will not be. This book is a must-read and is very well-written. You will cry while reading Sarah's heart-breaking story, and you will feel disgusted, sick, and angry, but it's a story that needs to be read. No one should have to go through this. Slave Girl addresses a lot of ...more
Eva Leger
I found this whole book to be very unbelievable to be brutally honest. It took me awhile to decide whether to be honest or not but in the end I have to be. Forsyth came across as lying to me. And I wouldn't say that without having very strong feelings. I could always be wrong but I pegged A Million Little Pieces from the first few pages, long before the truth came out, and The Angel at The Fence too. So maybe I have a nose for these things.
If anything comes out about this woman in the future I
Aug 10, 2014 Adam rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book is like nothing else i have read before, a first person account of being kidnapped, this book genuinly makes you see the seedy city of Amsterdam in a different light, I really think this book should be read to all teenagers at school to show how cruel the world can be and it shows what can happen to young people who travel abroad alone. before i read this book i did want to experiance Amsterdam, but now I would never set foot in such a cruel, false place.
Sabrina Rutter
Jan 02, 2010 Sabrina Rutter rated it it was amazing
I have been searching for many years for just this book. I was always curious to read a first person account of someone who has been forced into the sex industry.From other things I have read and documentaries I have watched on this subject this woman's story rings true to me. She is honest about things she doesn't even have to bring to light.
From the age of three Sarah Forsyth was sexually abused by her father, around the age of eleven she was removed from her abusive father and placed in a car
♥ Marlene♥
May 07, 2014 ♥ Marlene♥ marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle
OMG. I believe that she was a raam prostituut here in Amsterdam but I also believe she did this out of her own free will, or because she needed drugs.

Yes I know there have been women who were abused and forced to sell themselves but Sarah is not one of those.

I know a girl who some days hired a room there where she then sold herself to get money for drugs. She still looked very pretty. She was only 20. (alas she also died of an accidental overdose that year)
That happened 10 years before this so c
Frankie Yates
Jan 12, 2016 Frankie Yates rated it it was ok

I had wanted to read this for a long long time and am giving it 2 stars because it was a very interesting and gripping read, I really struggled to put it down and finished it in 2 days.

However, I am not convinced that the events that took place were true and have gone on to do some research. I don't disbelieve the abuse from her father, but the rest I'm unsure of.
I won't go into too much detail why I thought so because many other reviewers have the same opinions as myself,
Sep 01, 2009 Jules rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who question situations / who don't take things at face value
I bought this book recently at Asda for 1.50. This goes a bit against the grain for me as a purchase. I don’t really enjoy ‘misery (auto)biography’ as a genre but I found some of the questions raised in this publication interesting not to mention harrowing (as needs to be said). Forsyth is, I assume, a pseudonym for the author or protagonist who is aided by Tate as the writer or ghost writer of this account. It charts Forsyth’s difficult life as she is raised in an environment of sexual abuse at ...more
J.J. Rodeo
Mar 11, 2015 J.J. Rodeo rated it did not like it
Shelves: erotic, biography
This book claims to try to raise awareness about sex trafficking, but I have some doubts about this.
First of all, this book cannot be considered a real reliable source. It is supposed to be a first-hand account of a British woman who was a victim of forced prostitution. But from the outset, it is clear that the words are not coming from her. They are a words of a journalist who is using Sarah's story to convey his view.
Second, the message is that the sex trafficking and prostitution is merely th
Jul 02, 2012 Roxy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
This book was brutal. An extremely brave memoir. It is so disturbing to think of the prevalence of abuse in this world. From the abuse of trust committed by someone who is supposed to love, nurture and protect you unconditionally. To the abuse of power from figures in a place of authority that are supposed to be ensuring your wellbeing. Then the level of dehumanisation she went through at the hands of strangers. I can understand a mans desire for sex with a stranger. I can understand a man payin ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
There can be no doubt that the story of Sarah Forsyth, as related in the pages of Slave Girl, is moving and that it is one that sheds a great detail of light on the darker side of the sex industry. It must be said that this is not the most comfortable read. Sarah dehumanises the action of servicing punters, avoiding any gratuitous sexual details and referring to it throughout the book as simply 'fucking'. This tone is maintained, helping the reader appreciate the seedy, animalistic world in whic ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Midnite rated it really liked it
This book is quite different from any other book I have read..because its so true.
This is a heart rending story of Sarah's life, from the earliest age she was abused by the very people who were meant to protect her.

Then she sees a wonderful opportunity to follow her dream job and takes the courage to grab her chance to make her life better. How wrong could she have been. From the moment she stepped off the plane she was thrown into a sick seedy world of violence and forced prostitution.
You will
Jan 10, 2014 Court rated it liked it
WOW! What a book! Would it be wrong to say a 'good read'? It is truely shocking to know that this cruelty happens to children, women - to any human. It is horrific the behaviour of other people, selfishly harming, both mentally and physically, another living person. No compassion for the abusers whether they find the right path eventually or not. I believe Sarah Forsyth's account of events that have taken place in her life, she is a survivor!!
Jan 04, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Read in one sitting, couldn't put it down. Not for the faint of heart. Incredibly raw and bluntly honest insight about sex trafficking and the long term effects on the "survivors." Incredibly moving and I can only hope the book has shed light on a dark corner and raised awareness about what is going on all around us each day.
K.D. McQuain
Aug 03, 2016 K.D. McQuain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
There is some dispute over whether or not this is a true story or not. I have no idea if all of the events happened to the author or not but it doesn't affect the readability. This is a believable telling of a story that befalls women all over the world.
Jun 16, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a true story and not a work of fiction, it was so horrific.

I have been to Amsterdam many tims and have never been to the red light district (unlike many tourits),after reading this I will never set foot in that area.
Hannah Tooms
Oct 16, 2016 Hannah Tooms rated it really liked it
This book was shocking and at times I felt so angry and appalled at the acts of other humans I wanted to put it down...but I couldn't. After visiting Amsterdam it was a big eye opener as I have been one of these tourists gawping through the red light district windows just for entertainment purposes and didn't really consider it was 'real'. I have given it 4 stars on the account some people are saying it is hard to believe, but I also think that is very easy to say. All I know is I couldn't put t ...more
Inge (Inge1990)
Dit verhaal gaat over Sarah Forsyth die onder valse voorwendselen naar Amsterdam word gelokt en daar gedwongen word in de prostitutie te werken.
Het verhaal is goed geschreven en op een manier waardoor je door wilt lezen. Je wilt weten wat er verder met haar gebeurd is.
Het enige wat ik erg jammer vind is dat ze zeggen: Een normale tiener die onder valse voorwendselen naar Amsterdam word gelokt en daar gedwongen word in de prostitutie te werken.
Sarah is daarentegen helemaal geen normale tiener.
Kerry Connelly
Amazing book. So well written and to the point that I continued to turn page after page until 3.30 in the morning,it never misses a beat. One thing I loved about this book was it's shear honesty and no-holds-barred way of intising the reader into the terrifying and sorted reality that Sarah Forsyth faced from childhood until the book was written in her early 30's.

Abused from the age of 3 by her father and respective 'child care' home workers, Sarah does an amazing job of not only recapping her t
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
Soms zijn er van die verhalen die zo erg zijn, dat je haast niet kunt geloven dat ze echt zijn. Hoe kan het toch dat iemand in zijn leven zoveel ongeluk meemaakt?

Sarah's leven begon vanaf het begin al verkeerd. Haar 'vader' mishandelde haar moeder en broer. Hij verdiende veel geld door het oplichten van andere mensen en het gezin had daardoor een bepaalde reputatie. Op een bepaald moment begon haar 'vader' haar te misbruiken. Het was hun geheimpje en het gebeurde dagelijks. Ik kan mij dan ook ni
Jun 30, 2012 Veronica rated it it was amazing
Some people questions the validity of the author's experiences in this book.. Whether this is authentic or not, I still find the whole experience an eye-opener for me. Before I came across this book, I am well aware of the ongoing problem in Human/Sexual Trafficking because this actually happens in my country. I live in a third world country and it pains me to learn that this type of trafficking is not regarded by our leaders as an "alarming" problem. After all, poverty and corruption is our "ma ...more
May 18, 2015 Sam rated it liked it
Having been to Amsterdam and visited The Red Light District it was interesting to see what it was like "on the other side of the glass" so to speak. Sarah has clearly been through some awful experiences in her life and, like many other reviewers, I hope that she's able to finally find peace.
The book is very repetitive but it's worth sticking with it. The narrative is a little weak but when the story eventually continues it can be gripping in places. It seems like some reviewers have given this b
Jun 16, 2011 Khim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In een woord, "heftig".
Het boek is een kijk achter de schermen van de Amsterdamse wallen. Het begint met Sarah's jeugd, ze wordt door haar vader sexueel misbruikt, komt bij haar moeder te wonen, klikt niet en wordt zonder pardon weer naar haar vader gestuurd. Na een tijd besluit Sarah haar leven te beteren en wil haar leven wat ze in Engeland heeft achter zich laten en besluit op een advertentie voor kinder verzorgster te solliciteren, die ze in een krantje vind. Dit blijkt een grote fout te zi
Jessica Lestrange
Very very sad and very educational

I was shocked at the end of this book to see that the victim stated her wife doubted the extent of her torture. It made me sad to think a victim wouldn't be believed by a loved one

I found this very educational. I am so sorry this is happening and happened to her. I wish her the best.
Sarah answered an ad in an English paper for nurses to work abroad and despite the misgivings of her mother, she flies out to Amsterdam where she is taken prisoner and forced to work as a prostitute in the infamous red light district. This is her story of childhood abuse, adult slavery and how she coped when she was finally rescued and returned to England.
I noticed another review on this book where the reader questioned the 'true story' part of this book, giving her reasons for being suspicious
Paul Liburd
Mar 03, 2014 Paul Liburd rated it it was amazing
This true story about Sarah Forsythe’s experience as one caught up in the awful underworld of human traffic, is gripping and disturbing in equal measure, and all the more heart wrenching because it is not fiction but sad unfortunate fact. I am not easily shocked but on three occasions I had to stop reading this book in order to emotionally recompose. I am a father of two daughters and the thought of such things happening to someone’s daughter, brought tears to my eyes. I’m glad I bought the book ...more
Jade Taylor
Sep 24, 2014 Jade Taylor rated it liked it
This book was given to me as a good-to-read suggestion. I had never read anything like it before and wasn't sure if it was 'my cup of tea'. Once I finally opened it up and read the first page I did not put it down for the entire day. The story was encapsulating and horrific. I read the entire book in one sitting. I do not believe the book has been written well and I'm not 100% convinced that the story is true in its entirety. I never lost interest in the story but I did lose some empathy for Sar ...more
Lisa Bennett
May 04, 2012 Lisa Bennett rated it it was amazing
This is such a good book. The story she tells of her hurrendous life is so shocking. She was abused by her father, abused by the care home staff, trafficked to Switzerland where she was forced to work the red light district, became a drug addict, and finally escaped and came back to England where she landed in jail for theft amongst other things. A truly shocking story, very scary, it's hard to believe that this can happen to someone, but it happens all the time, usually with people being traffi ...more
May 24, 2014 Nicki rated it liked it
Very sad true story about a girl who is abused at home from a young age and then goes on to be tricked into prostitution in Amsterdam.
Like a few others, I have doubts that this particular story is 100% true, but I guess it doesn't matter - I believe things like this do happen. Something in the way this is related is a little off and doesn't quite ring true.
Or maybe it's just uncomfortable to believe so much awful stuff could happen to one person.
Either way, it's sad reading and maybe will ma
Charmaine Garmson
A Gripping Story

What a heartbreaking true life account of a vulnerable young woman. That one person can go through so much pain, suffering and violence and survive is a testament to Sarah. This story had me gripped from beginning to end and allowed me to see more into a world you hear about but thankfully that I have never experienced. This book must have taken a lot out of Sarah sharing her experience of many years of child abuse, her abuse during her time in care and her trafficking ordeal wh
Marwa Faqihi
Mar 25, 2016 Marwa Faqihi rated it really liked it
The thing is, this is Sarah Forsyth's story but it is happening to many others in God knows where and when all over the world. I ask people to realize the big issue that is happening. This sex-starvation is ruining lives mentally and physically and it should not be overlooked, society is ignoring the huge negative impact rape has on people, whether males or females, it ruins a person's confident, set of mind, perspective of life, physical appearance and much more... Then what about being forced ...more
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