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The Slave Across the Street: The True Story of How an Amercian Teen Survived the World of Human Trafficking

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The memoir of a woman, tricked and trapped into sexual slavery as a young teenager.
Paperback, 183 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Ampelon Publishing (first published 2007)
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Kassie Keeney
May 07, 2014 Kassie Keeney rated it did not like it
Yea....I couldn't even finish this book. FIRST, let me clear that this is nothing personal against her story. What happened to her was terrifying and horrible. My thoughts and review are on her BOOK - how she told her story. Friends, it was not good. She want constantly repeating herself - I felt like I read the line "tears of [insert emotion] were running down my face" at least every other chapter. I get that shit sucked, but find a different way to describe things. Also, a little over half way ...more
Steven
Nov 23, 2011 Steven rated it it was ok
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Othón León
Nov 14, 2012 Othón León rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
God only knows why is that some people have to face ordeals like the one Theresa L. Flores came upon when she was only 15 years old. Some years ago, I left my young daughters (10 and 12 y/o) at a Vegas' mall for 5, 10 minutes (big mistake!) seating in the middle of the hall, in front of the Macy's entrance, among all the high class, suburban families shopping there (what could go wrong? right?) while I was going to pick up some purchases; when I came back, they told me about a couple of very str ...more
Stephanie
Jan 28, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
If there is one thing about which I am incredibly passionate as a community volunteer it is dealing with domestic sex trade in the US. Living in Atlanta with one of the largest underage sex trade industries in the country, I am frequently reminded how prevalent Flores' story really is.

I've had this book on my to read list for a bit, and it finally went on sale for my Nook. Flores' story is painful and very raw. She was a high school girl who had a crush on a boy, and from that crush her entire w
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Nicki
When I got sent this download as part of the christianaudio.com Reviewer’s Program I really didn’t want to listen to it, as I don’t like anything like this. I pushed myself though and I’m very glad I did. It is a true story about human trafficking in the United States during the 1980s, so there is distressing content. However, it has been written and narrated in such a sensitive way that I didn’t want to turn it off at times. I wanted to find out what happened. I really liked the narrator's voic ...more
Bella Leroux
Nov 21, 2013 Bella Leroux rated it really liked it
Theresa Flores grew up as an All-American girl in an upper-middle class family. But when her father’s job moved her family to an neighborhood of Detroit, she lost her virginity and became a victim of human trafficking. Writing The Slave Across The Street expresses her teenage years, as gruesome and hateful. The only thing that got her through it she believed was hope.

The nightmare started when Theresa was 15, and a kid in her grade offered her a ride home. Since she had a crush on the boy she de
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Tamara
Sep 11, 2012 Tamara rated it really liked it
Let me start off by saying that this book hit close to home for me because Birmingham, MI is so close to my own home town and because I grew up hanging out with a crowd made up of a majority of Chaldeans. I am American, but from a young age most of my friends were Chaldean, and I can relate to some of the book references about their ethnicity. Thankfully, I have nothing but good memories from my childhood and teenage years with these friends and their families.

Now, onto the book, it’s heartbreak
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Charlotte
Aug 05, 2013 Charlotte rated it did not like it
This book had a lot of potential - what a very interesting and relatively unknown topic to delve into and to try to inform people about. Unfortunately, the book is very poorly-written. It lacks proper transitions, which sometimes makes it hard to follow. There are times when the story does not go in chronological order, and it's like the author expects you to read her mind to figure out where she is in the span of time. It is also mostly written in cliches. I don't know how many times the author ...more
Jecca
Jun 14, 2012 Jecca added it
I feel that I cannot give this book a rating because of the type of book it is. I also don't feel it proper to give it much of a review. The problem that it addresses is an important one and I think anyone who brings awareness to that deserves credit for their courage and understanding. The book reads very much like a journal and is a bit scattered (making it hard to figure out where in time you are). It is obvious that the author is not a writer and technically speaking it was not really what I ...more
Bojak
Feb 14, 2015 Bojak rated it did not like it
There are so many holes, inaccuracies and contradictions in this story. Her family and home life are all over the map. Daddy is a high executive, but she wears ragged clothes. She's pretty enough to be a fashion model but they can't afford a portfolio. Bouncing back and forth between mansion and trailer park mentality puts a big dent in the credility factor."Slave" implies that she was separated from family and friends and kept against her will. Imprisoned somehow, not allowed to live with her f ...more
Sue
May 10, 2014 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sue by: 100+ Women Who Care Motown/Common Ground
If you're a parent or interact with children in any way, you should read this book, hard as it might be. This woman graduated from the same high school I did, 4 years before I did. Like her, I was a new girl, having moved here the end of my freshman year, so I relate very strongly to that part of her story. Very few people made it easy for me to fit in and feel welcome. This story makes me even more grateful to the ones who did accept and befriend me because both my sister and I were classic tar ...more
Natalie
Apr 14, 2014 Natalie added it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoirs
The Slave Across the Street has left me with mixed emotions. I think it's a very good thing that we as a people are becoming more aware of human trafficking in our modern world. To realize that it happens here in the United States and not just somewhere else is frightening, but true. This story is not a light read, but serious, gruesome, chilling and heart-wrenching. And here is where I say, but... I have read a decent amount of memoirs and have never doubted the truthfulness of a single one unt ...more
Jennifer
Sep 30, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of listening to Theresa Flores speak this past week. Her story is so important for people to read to understand how domestic sex trafficking can operate within North America. Though Theresa Flores is American, so many elements of her story are similar to some of the Canadian victims of domestic sex trafficking.

There are multiple grammar and spelling errors throughout the book, and I tend to be distracted by things like this. Theresa Flores has described this book as a proces
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Amy
Feb 04, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this book a 5 stars because i think it is an important addition to the conceptualization of what it means to be involved in America's slave industry. Obviously i cannot give it 5 stars based on the content. And I also wouldnt give it 5 stars based on the writing.

While i do strongly believe that this book would be important in the hands of all school resource officers, guidance counselor, nurse or administrator throughout the country, there were some structural issues that really made it
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Linda
Aug 27, 2011 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pleasure, bnb
Perhaps because the author spent so much time emphasizing that doubt of this story is a form of re-victimization I feel the need to start this review with I do not doubt the veracity of the story. Nor do I doubt that Theresa felt she had no options. Nor do I doubt that this type of thing happens more often than we might believe in the United States. All that said, I can only give the book two stars. It was a quick and easy read, not due to the content but the simplisitc writing style. Perhaps th ...more
J
Dec 28, 2012 J rated it really liked it
I heard Theresa speak last year and put this book on my "to read" list. However, I kept putting it off because it isn't exactly a fun read...

It was a quick read. The main story is told in the first 122 pages and is followed by about 50 pages of additional information and resources. I had to force myself to read until about page 40. By page 50, I was hooked and wanted to see how things unfolded.

I rated this book high because I think it is a good tool for opening eyes to the evil in the world. I
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Honeybee
Sep 29, 2012 Honeybee rated it liked it
Within the past year, I have heard a lot about human trafficking--it seems to be the hottest issue since the civil rights movement. Although for years I have known it existed in many third world countries and had heard of teen runaways being lured into prostitution, I never imagined a scenario like what Mrs. Flores describes in her book.

Not quite sixteen years old, trying to fit in at a new school and attracted to a handsome, exotic young man from another culture, Theresa was unwittingly tricked
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Lori
I listened to this book on tape because this issue is very important to me. With 27 million people being trafficked against their will every year, it is the crucial issue of our generation. For anyone who thinks this is only happening to Asian girls, or in foreign countries, or only to girls made vulnerable by poverty or broken homes, think again. This is a true story of a blonde blue-eyed teenager from a two parent affluent suburban home who was coerced into the sex slavery ring of a powerful e ...more
May Truong
Jan 20, 2016 May Truong rated it it was ok
I finished about 80% of this book and skimmed the rest. The author is not a very good writer. I understand that she is sharing her story and it is of a very traumatic situation so things do not align properly as memory can be a fickle thing especially to protect ourselves.

My biggest problem about this book isn't the story of what happen to her but her need to provide advice how to prevent this from happening to parents and professionals. She does not hold her parents accountable in any way for w
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Kassie Deneui
Jan 19, 2016 Kassie Deneui rated it it was amazing
I feel like writing a review for this book can't do it justice but I definitely recommend this book. It is one woman's heart wrenching story that she shares with the world, knowing she'll receive more negative responses than good in the hopes that she can spread awareness and open people's eyes to the reality of and the signs of human trafficking not just around the world, but even in suburban America. This isn't a famous author who weren't too school to write, but a social worker and mom who wa ...more
DilDev
Jul 08, 2015 DilDev rated it it was amazing
Emotional Response:

I remember hearing stories about sexual slavery and thinking about how dehumanizing and how horrific it must be, but I never took into account the dread. That is what ultimately made this book so hard to read; I felt trapped along with her. I didn’t know what her escape would cost. My heart stopped beating at the line “I heard a dog bark and a gunshot” (pp 93). My mouth went dry when page 97 declared her brother missing. My muscles seized when she saw Janie with the Chaldeans.
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Karen
Feb 13, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
I really found a lot of value in this book. After learning her ordeal and what type of trafficking and how trafficking happened to her in her suburban town, she openly speaks about how difficult it was to find counseling and how therapists were oblivious to human trafficking. I feel that her experiences speak to many victims of trafficking, and how they feel and how vulnerable and impressionable are young girls. The author talks about the realities of emotional confusion, and just to read that w ...more
Nicola Fantom
Mar 09, 2014 Nicola Fantom rated it really liked it
Its been a while since ive read a 'Misery Novel', I used to read them all the time after a child called it trilogy and sold. I pulled all nighters reading the above as I could not put them down.

I was really shocked, horrified, disgusted, etc, definitly not for the faint hearted, overly sensitive type. Now and again I like to take a break from fiction,these always seem to get me out of a reading slump. Its not often I still get shocked, appaled, disgusted as I first was when venturing into this g
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Lisa Nienhaus
Jun 18, 2013 Lisa Nienhaus rated it liked it
This book is a true story about one woman's experience with sex trafficking. It was recommended to me as a parent that I should read it. The story made me want to throw up at times, it was very difficult to read. But I do feel more enlightened as to the subject matter. It's hard to believe this is happening the in states. I could probably give the book a higher rating, but because of the subject matter, I feel odd doing so. It read easily and quickly, just a very difficult subject to read about. ...more
Sarah
Sep 20, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
While the writing was awkward and mediocre, the topic was very compelling. I was disgusted by the behavior of the abusers--I felt myself getting angrier with each additional act of sexual violence upon the author. And most upsetting to me--these teenagers and men were never caught or punished for their heinous crimes. The author was only a vessel for their debauched pleasure; an object to be used, mocked, and humiliated. A sad read, but a necessary one, if we are to ever stop such horrible pract ...more
Margaret
Jun 26, 2014 Margaret rated it it was amazing
I gave this book five stars based on the information it provides and the courage and selflessness of the author in writing it. As a mother and a teacher, I felt pained and angry that her mother wasn't more aware that something so dreadful was happening to her daughter. The teachers who turned their heads shoulder much of the blame for what happened. I can't imagine standing idly by while a student was obviously in distress. It was frustrating to me that Theresa's ordeal went on so long without s ...more
Megrandel
Mar 06, 2012 Megrandel rated it it was amazing
I read this book in about four hours. I was left with many questions, as are many critics of the book....Some of my initial questions were: Why didn't she tell someone? Why didn't she just not do it? Is this really an example of "human trafficking"? However, as I think further about it, I feel bad about asking these questions, as I can't imagine what she went through and what I would do if I was in the situation. She is a very brave woman for telling her story.
Lisa Fuente-Purdy
Jan 24, 2016 Lisa Fuente-Purdy rated it it was ok
Recommended to Lisa Fuente-Purdy by: jaime
"The important thing to know is that I felt I couldn't tell anyone. I was terrified of the consequences. I believed I had no options. No choice. No free will. That is why it is called slavery." -Theresa Flores

This book was suggested to me by my friend, Jaime, who is very passionate about raising awareness on the subject of human trafficking.

I've decided not to add to the debate on whether or not I believe this story to be a piece of fiction. I will; however, focus on something I am certain of: S
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Carolyn
Jun 29, 2013 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried the whole time while reading this book. It covers a subject we wish didn't exist. I encourage everyone to read the book then do whatever they can to stop this evil. We can't ignore this. We must save people who have been caught in the human trafficking trade. The people who are responsible MUST be punished and as far as I am concerned, put away for life or given the death penalty.
Stacey Goans
Apr 16, 2015 Stacey Goans rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to see Theresa speak last year on human trafficking. At the time, I thought her story was powerful, and vowed to read her book. What I read in these pages really opened my eyes to what human trafficking looks like today. Did you know Toledo ranks 3rd in the nation for human trafficking? That's a mere 30 minutes from here. These human traffickers know exactly who to look for - it's absolutely terrifying.

Theresa showed remarkable courage then, and continues to every time she
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“Sharpen your Claws against wrong doing, against human suffering. Have Ears like Owls, HEAR what your child isn't telling you. Have Eyes like a Hawk, so that you might SEE all that passes before you. Be Brave like a Bear and have the Courage of a Mother Lion to SAVE our young.” 36 likes
“Sharpen your claws against wrong doing, against human suffering. Have ears like owls, hear what the child isn’t telling you. Have eyes like a hawk so you might see all that passes before you. Be brave like a bear and have the courage of a mother lion to save our young.” 0 likes
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