Anne's Reviews > Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself

Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
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Jul 12, 11

bookshelves: feminism, memoirs, non-fiction
Recommended to Anne by: I wish I could remember!
Recommended for: Feminists; Those interested in the well-being of girls and women
Read from July 10 to 12, 2011

As a survivor of sexual exploitation herself, who is now the director of a non-profit to assist girls "in the life," author Rachel Lloyd uses her own story and those of others to show:

a) the factors leading to pre-teens becoming sexually exploited,
b) the factors (like fear, violence, intimidation, and poverty) that keep them there,
c) how the US has a tendency to only view girls involved in international sex trafficking as victims
and d) many of the struggles a girl trying to leave the life faces.

Much of the book was heartbreaking, especially Lloyd's personal stories of violence and every time she mentioned a way that the criminal justice system has failed and failed to understand these girls.

I know some feminist literature can be preachy, but Lloyd's combination of anecdotal evidence and statistics struck the right balance for me.
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