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Heart Wrenching Stories About Human Trafficking

Perspective-shattering stories that leave a mark.

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Human trafficking somehow doesn’t catch headlines as often as it should. Luckily there are more than enough books raising awareness for the darkest sides of humanity.

Explore the strength and resilience of characters that are struck with one blow after another by inhumane humans, and keep wondering how the story is real…

#1 The Least of These by Jeff Brodsky

The Least of These by Jeff Brodsky
My personal journey and experiences in the fight against child trafficking.

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#2 Why Are You Barefoot? by Dr. Jeff Brodsky

Why Are You Barefoot? by Dr. Jeff Brodsky
This is a children’s book based on a true story (presentation) where elementary age children are taught how a parent can sell their child thinking they are doing something good when in reality the child will be trafficked.

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#3 Stolen: The True Story Of A Sex Trafficking Survivor by Katariina Rosenblatt

Stolen: The True Story Of A Sex Trafficking Survivor by Katariina Rosenblatt
Katariina Rosenblatt was a lonely and abused young girl, yearning to be loved, wanting attention. That made her the perfect target. On an ordinary day, she met a confident young woman–someone Kat wished she could be like–who pretended to be a friend while slowly luring her into a child trafficking ring. A cycle of false friendships, threats, drugs, and violence kept her trapped.

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#4 The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores

The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores
This book is an account of the true story revolving around Theresa L. Flores, who lived in the upper-middle-class suburb of Detroit and got enslaved into a sex trafficking ring. The book is a true story recounting the incidents that actually happened with Theresa during her horrible life span. More interestingly, the author didn’t change any name of character and location, making it a hundred percent written adaption of Theresa’s troubled life.

Deep inside the book, it reveals to the reader that Theresa, as a child, spent a miserable life which an adult would never face in life. In the end, this book discusses how the victim rehabilitated and healed her wounds with the hope that human trafficking is a thing of the past.

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#5 A Cry of the Heart By Debra Rush and Penelope Childers

A Cry of the Heart By Debra Rush and Penelope Childers
This book will open your eyes to the many dimensions of human trafficking. Written from the perspective of someone who lived as a slave and escaped to freedom, this book will help you gain an understanding of the psychology involved for those being trafficked, and the lifetime of trauma even for those who manage to escape. Debra’s story of survival, overcoming, and forgiveness will leave you hopeful and inspired.

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#6 Sold by Patricia McCormick

Sold by Patricia McCormick
This book tells the story of a young girl in Southeast Asia whom goes through the process of human trafficking, but the author also includes chapters focused on expanding the knowledge of the reader to understanding the nuances that poverty and survival play in human trafficking. This book jumps back and forth between personal stories and educational context for what human trafficking is.

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#7 Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
Rachel Lloyd founded and runs a domestic human trafficking shelter for young women in New York City. As a fierce advocate, this book transitions from her personal journey to where she is today, but also documents the stories of young women she has interacted with. Throughout this book, the reader can gain a greater understanding into domestic or local trafficking, as well as the work advocates and supporters do to help the victims and survivors of trafficking.

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#8 Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
This book tells the story of a young girl growing up in the complex work of factory work and trying to navigate getting an education, while also making money to support her family. This story is important because it expands the reader’s stereotypical understanding of what human trafficking might look like and helps to understand that these issues are happening locally everyday.

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Contributors to this article
Jeff Brodsky from JOY International

Usama Mushtaq from Angel Jackets

Shiyang Gong from AiLaw

Melanie Musson from FloridaCarInsurance

Jessica Pomerantz from N/A

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