Fantastic book providing insight into gang-related prostitution/human trafficking. Although it is an academically published research, the book wasn'tFantastic book providing insight into gang-related prostitution/human trafficking. Although it is an academically published research, the book wasn't riddled with academic jargon. It is a book that is beneficial to academics and social workers alike as it provides research findings and presents practical best practices for interacting with survivors of gang-related prostitution. ...more
I truly wanted to love (or even just like...) this book! I've heard so much about it, and perhaps my expectations were just set too high? The author'sI truly wanted to love (or even just like...) this book! I've heard so much about it, and perhaps my expectations were just set too high? The author's intentions and passion are clearly positively motivated. The afterword even states, "Where I have exercised literary license in service of the story, I have done so sensitively, with an eye toward authenticity. There is no need to sensationalize modern slavery." However, as I was reading the word "sensationalize" kept popping up in my mind. Books like this further perpetuate the idea that trafficking is primarily an international phenomenon that involves kidnapping, forcible confinement, and being locked in basements... Does this happen? Yes. But a huge component of human trafficking, especially in North America, involves emotional manipulation and this book doesn't give this element enough attention. Human trafficking aside, the writing just didn't hold my attention and the plot was just too predictable for my liking... I think Corban Addison is an incredible person, and I hate to rate this book only 2 stars......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 tI 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 process of purging, therefore much of the writing and details are raw; it is evident that writing this book and publishing her story is part of Theresa's healing process.
This book could have used further editing to help with some of the grammatical and spelling errors (and even with some of the flow of the book), but I still think it is worthy of 5 stars because the content is so important! Many people don't truly understand domestic sex trafficking, and the mindset of human trafficking victims could be better understood if more people read this book. ...more
First of all, how did it take me this long to read this book!? A "staple" in the collection of human trafficking books, yet I've been so focused on reFirst of all, how did it take me this long to read this book!? A "staple" in the collection of human trafficking books, yet I've been so focused on researching domestic sex trafficking that I've somehow not gotten around to reading Not For Sale until now. This book highlights many aspects of modern slavery: sex slavery, forced labour, bonded labour, child soldiers. (One topic that was missing though was forced marriage, one area of modern slavery that often gets looked over I find...). This book is meant to open readers' eyes to the realities of slavery today by giving a glimpse of various areas of trafficking and slavery in many areas of the world. Batstone highlights many incredible organizations doing work in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe. This book is not long - I thought I could read it in a day or two. But the material is heavy. I found myself having to take frequent breaks to digest all the stories and experiences. As heavy as the material is, it really only skims the surface each topic of slavery; a good overview of modern day slavery giving the reader an opportunity to discover the topic broadly and then find other books and organizations to dive depper. ...more
Somaly Mam's book is one of courage and determination. A survivor of sex trafficking, Somaly Mam now works to rescue others. The stories she shares arSomaly Mam's book is one of courage and determination. A survivor of sex trafficking, Somaly Mam now works to rescue others. The stories she shares are devestating. There were times when what I read made me want to scream and cry. The injustice and devestation of what so many girls face around the world is heartwrenching. I think anyone who read this book would be spurred into wanting to act in the anti-slavery movement, but that's one thing this book lacked - practical suggestions to those who wanted to become more involved in the abolitionist movement. Somaly Mam fails to point out that trafficking is prevalent in countries around the world including Western regions like Europe and North America. While I understand that her book and experiences focus on slavery in Cambodia, I wish Somaly Mam would have provided more recognition that sex trafficking is a global issue and provided some suggestions on how to be an abolitionist in your home country. The book provided a perfect platform to spur others into action; it details horrific stories that move peoples' hearts, but then fails to use the opportunity to direct the reader's compassion and desire to act....more
An incredible book that acts as Rachel Lloyd's memoir as well as a look at trafficking and forced prostitutions in the United States (mainly NYC whereAn incredible book that acts as Rachel Lloyd's memoir as well as a look at trafficking and forced prostitutions in the United States (mainly NYC where Lloyd's organization GEMS operates) and certain parts of Western Europe.
Lloyd approaches the subject very systematically with the following chapters: - Learning - Risk - Family - Recruitment - Pimps - Johns - Victims - Cops - Staying - Leaving - Relapse - Unlearning - Stigma - Healing - Leadership - Beginnings
Lloyd's firsthand experience with this topic adds a personal element to the subject matter, and her passion for the girls/young women she helps is clearly evident. The book demonstrates that society and law enforcement/legal system has a long way to go in order to better understand "commercial sexual exploitation." There is a stigma that girls "choose" to be in prostitution, and this often contributes to how they are treated by the police and the legal system; these girls need to be seen as victims, and this is not done when they are prosecuted, stigmatized, or placed in jail for longer than/instead of their pimps.
Lloyd switches between a more research-based approach to trafficking and a more personal account of both her upbringing and forced prostitution. These transitions are done well, and the way she broaches the subject with a personal account is very impactful. However, she brings up various names of the girls she has helped, and because the book transitions between research and personal accounts so often, I often couldn't remember if it was a new girl she was mentioning, or one she had mentioned previously. Ultimately this is not a significant detriment to the book since the focus is on trafficking in general, and not on the ability to keep track of all the girls Lloyd mentions as examples to the topics like trauma, stigma, etc.
Because I caught a couple of grammatical errors, I feel like I shouldn't rate this book a "perfect" 5 stars, but I can't get over the impact of this book. ...more