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Slave Girl

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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 5th 2009)
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Sibel Hodge
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...more
*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
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...more
Jules
Sep 01, 2009 Jules rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 a...more
Roxy
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
Midnite
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...more
Andrew Russell
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
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...more
♥ Marlene♥
May 07, 2014 ♥ Marlene♥ marked it as to-read
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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...more
KD McQuain
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.
Korky Dd
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!!
Ashley
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.
Susan
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.
Nicki
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...more
Paul Liburd
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
Sarah
This was an incredible story to read for many reasons and I don't know how to put it into words. Sarah's story is horrific and in no way could I even begin to comprehend what she went through. This is a story that opened my eyes to the world of prostitution and for this reason is one that everyone should read. Much as it made me feel uncomfortable this is what makes it so powerful and so essential in helping people to understand that this happens and that we need to do something to change it. I...more
Jennifer
Eye opening...

I found myself comparing our lives to each other. we were both born in '76, but had different lives. I could not imagine anyone living in that way. I could honestly say she is lucky, I don't know how she continued to exist in that fashion. Before reading, I thought it was a story that happened long ago in the 70's. But it was scary that this happened in the 21st century. I generally hope there is good in people, but it's sad to see how evil people can be. To see and do such acts wi...more
Veronica
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
Mel
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...more
chucklesthescot
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...more
Khim
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...more
Glenda
What a horrible life this woman has led, I felt terrible for her. As the mother of a 19 year old myself I was also terrified to hear how she was abducted and sold into the sex trade. When will men realize that these girls they are going to see are not doing this for fun?? I never thought much about those glass windows in Amsterdam until reading this book, it was a real eye opener.
Kaylea
I couldn't put this book down and read it in 3 hours straight.
It's a very easy read, but not easy to digest what happened to this poor young woman and I read this with teary eyes.

I definitely want to read the next book and plan to order it right now. Recommended.
Lisa Bennett
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
Taryn
I thought this book was amazing! deffenetly not for the fante of heart. this story was a whirl wind of bad things, shocking experiences, sad, distrubing, grousum, well writen, craziness really.the awful things that happen, the few good things, it makes a great story and just shows how amazing people really can be, what we as humans can over come - and shocked we can be put through or put others through this kinda stuff - but it happens, and it happens more than people probably like to think. in...more
Stacey
This book was an amazing story that opens your eyes. I have interviewed abused women, and some who were raped, forced into slavery on my radio program and find that people still like to believe this does not happen. Human trafficking! Today? That all are there in prostitution because they want to be. People from Netherlands who do not believe this story, yet have not read it and can comment that the officials were involved? Ha.."That is impossible" and that it is all a choice, as they were told...more
Marcel Graumans
Indrukwekkend verhaal. Onbegrijpelijk wat mensen elkaar kunnen aandoen. Goed geschreven. Niet een boek om voor je plezier te lezen, maar zeker wel een aanrader. Dit is ook het leven....
Saskia
Ik heb dit boek gekocht, omdat ik vorig jaar tijdens een weekendje Amsterdam de wallen in Amsterdam gezien heb wat toch wel enorm indruk gemaakt heeft. Met tranen in mijn ogen heb ik daar gelopen. Ik vond het verschrikkelijk om die meisjes achter de ramen te zien zitten... En dit boek is ook verschrikkelijk om te lezen, maar geeft je wel een goed beeld van het leven in de gedwongen prostitutie. Toch is er bij mij wel een moment gekomen, dat het mij opviel, dat Sarah wel heel erg veel meemaakte....more
J
Makes you think about all the other women getting tricked into it,horrible place to be in.
Jenny
Hard to review a book like this. Terrible reading but it happens. Young women should read this to make them aware.
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