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 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: feminism, biographies-memoirs, non-fiction, read-2011
Recommended to Anne by: I wish I could remember!
Recommended for: Feminists; Those interested in the well-being of girls and women

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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Reading Progress

July 10, 2011 – Started Reading
July 10, 2011 – Shelved
July 11, 2011 –
page 15
5.42%
July 11, 2011 –
page 47
16.97%
July 12, 2011 – Shelved as: feminism
July 12, 2011 – Shelved as: biographies-memoirs
July 12, 2011 – Shelved as: non-fiction
July 12, 2011 – Finished Reading
May 31, 2015 – Shelved as: read-2011

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