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The Slave Across the Street

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  905 ratings  ·  198 reviews
While more and more people each day become aware of the dangerous world of human trafficking, most people in the U.S. still believe this is something that happens to foreign women, men and children--not something that happens to their own.

In this powerful true story, Theresa Flores shares how her life as an All-American, blue-eyed, blond-haired 15-year-old teenager who co
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Published January 11th 2010 by Ampelon Publishing (first published December 1st 2009)
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Othón León
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
Kassie Keeney
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
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
When I got sent this download as part of the 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
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
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
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
Apr 14, 2014 Natalie added it
Shelves: memoirs, nonfiction
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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
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
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
Lisa Nienhaus
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
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
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
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.
Stacey Goans
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
This is the true story of a girl from an affluent neighborhood who was caught up in human trafficking when she was 15. It was a good story and I read it quickly. It was not well written. Readers should not be prepared for that. Rather, come to this story thinking about a problem that is largely unknown that goes on every day in our country.
Donna Huber
This story opened my eyes even more to the prevalence of sexual exploitation in our country. If there's a child in your life, whether your own or they live in your neighborhood, every adult needs to read this book. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads.
Overall, I would say this story is important to read, even though it is written in a somewhat amateur way. I remember the first time I heard someone mention modern-day slavery in the United States. It was some know-it-all girl in my American Studies class in high school. A lot of us dismissed what she had to say (she raised her hand for every question, every time, and always blathered on, sometimes factually, sometimes not). I think I shook my head or scoffed, and I know she was talked over by o ...more
Lindsey Jones
This book was certainly worth the couple of hours that it took for me to finish reading it. While it is not necessarily of literary merit, it is a shocking and moving story nonetheless. As a woman, a parent, and an educator, this book brought so many societal issues to light regarding child abuse, bullying, and human trafficking. It is really hard for me to fully grasp how something so tragically outrageous could happen to a girl like Theresa, a girl like me. It is hard to rationalize some of th ...more
Tammy Meeker
My friend Sarah introduced me to this book this morning. I have not put it down since. It is a quick read which delivers a perception altering message. Written by an American teen who survived life as a sex slave, she shares her horrifying experience. It is alarming, disturbing, poignant and heartbreaking.
Bev Walkling
This is not a book to read to enjoy. It is rather a book to read to educate oneself. I started reading it at night and confess that I had trouble sleeping at all. The book is part memoir and part almost a text to train people as to what to look out for and how to help those in need. It is horrible that the author had to live through this at any age let alone when she was fifteen. Some reviewers have questioned her story, but to me it was completely believable and although it happened over 25 yea ...more
Marleen Gallagher
A sad story, really open your eyes, but do think there are a few details missing.
Fair play to Theresa Flores for using what happened to her, to help others x
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