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

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,008 ratings  ·  443 reviews
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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barbara stanisz I actually saw this author speak and she is currently working with the MI Atty General's office regarding human trafficking. Being from Michigan and v…moreI actually saw this author speak and she is currently working with the MI Atty General's office regarding human trafficking. Being from Michigan and very familiar with the area and the school system she references, what she describes as having happened is entirely plausible. After seeing and hearing her speak, it is clear that she was a victim of human trafficking. Maybe a little more diligence in your research before you cast stones is in order.(less)

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Othón A. León
Nov 14, 2012 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
Kassie Keeney
May 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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. I do not think the story was told well. There was lots of repetition - I felt like I read the line "tears of [insert emotion] were running down my face" at least every other chapter. Also, a little over half way through, right after they moved, I felt that it all got a littl ...more
Jun 12, 2012 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
Aug 05, 2013 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
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I downloaded this "book" on a whim. I couldn't have paid more than $3.99 for it (Lord, I hope not), but it's still $3.99 too much.

Immediately, I was struck by how poorly it was written. It took two people to put this together? Really? One person to dictate and one to type? But whatever, I thought, it's about kidnapping and white slavery, I can cut some slack.

I got about a third of the way through when it started to dawn on me that this story is B.S. I read some more. More B.S., but now it was j
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Flores writes of a tough issue to read let alone listen to, but a subject which I believe is the public's duty to be aware of. Florida is considered a hub for human trafficking. We have billboards along our highways advertising hotline numbers to call if you are a victim or suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking. Flores stepping forward is both brave and bold.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center Toll-Free Hotline

Florida Abuse Hotline
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Something about this book just doesn't ring true. Very reminiscent of Go Ask Alice. ...more
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bnb, pleasure
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
Feb 14, 2015 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 ...more
Jan 27, 2014 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
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
Susan Jackson
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely devastating and enlightening on so many levels—reminds me to pay attention to what people say and listen in between the lines. Also enlightening that refugee status doesn’t mean that someone or a group of people are fragile, frail, and humble in their plight and poverty; but can very well bring with them cultural issues of cruelty and brutality served on their host country’s vulnerable.
May 10, 2014 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
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs
This was an incredibly disturbing read - it is the true story of how a 15 year old girl fell prey to human trafficking in the sex trade. Theresa Flores did not meet the preconceived idea of a victim of human trafficking - she was not poor, she was not a runaway, her parents were not drug addicts nor did they abuse her and she did not live in a third world country. So how did a 15 year old all American girl who ran track, who came from a good home, had good parents and lived in the suburbs of a w ...more
Helen Sitko
Jan 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Julie Silva
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is not to be read by the faint of heart. I’m giving it 4 stars for several reasons. 1. The courage of the author. I’m so impressed by her willingness to share her horrific story to help others and as part of her own healing even amidst criticism and judgment. 2. I’ve learned something. I’m hoping I can take what I’ve learned and apply it as a Mom, friend, community member, etc. 3. Finally, I love the message of victory and redemption and hope out of a truly awful circumstance! It’s not ...more
Jan Wollet
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a requirement to learn more about sex trafficking for work, this book has opened my eyes to being a sex slave. If you believe Theresa full story or not it does bring awareness to the cruel events that can so easily happen. It is happening in everyone's neighborhood. People are always so quick to judge why didn't the person tell or call the police, it is so similar to an abusive situation. It is always way more complex and difficult then us looking in from the outside. I recommend this read ev ...more
Susan Halvor
I've learned a lot about Human Trafficking in the past year, and that it's closer to home than we tend to think. This was a powerful story about one woman's experience as a teenager surviving two years of trafficking. Her story feels like she could have been me or anyone else I grew up -- that said, especially with what I know about trafficking in Alaska, queer teens are even more at risk, Alaska Native teens are even more at risk, homeless teens are even more at risk. I'd give this book 3.5 sta ...more
Lulu Bruns
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Heartbreaking. Our schools, parents and children should all be taught about human trafficking.
A Modern Day Slave

Oh, this book just makes me ANGRY!! What makes it even worse is that it is a true story. Slavery must be stopped once and for all!
James Turpin
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warning: Many triggers
Sep 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
DNF. I found the writing pretty terrible but there were other issues as well.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rated this four stars for bringing a story like this to light. I was aware of human trafficking, but didn't realize how easy it is for perpetrators to sway innocent young minds. ...more
Linsy Carson
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such and amazing book! I got the honor to meet the author and she is beyond brave and strong. I think everyone should have to read this book to understand how real human slavery really is! This is a compelling story that will leave you mind racing.
Donna Marino
I had trouble with this book. The story is horrific, heart-wrenching, and soul crushing. What Flores endured for two years was simply pure evil. The idea that the perpetrators were allowed to continue, to move on to the next victim, is infuriating. I have no trouble accepting Flores's account as fact, and I applaud her courage in finding her voice and providing a voice for others. I had trouble with the inconsistencies, and it troubles me to have to say that. I have to ask myself if my acceptanc ...more
Dec 28, 2012 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
Feb 01, 2013 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
Bella Leroux
Nov 21, 2013 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
Apr 13, 2014 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
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