Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us

Fighting for A World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, An Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself

Book - 2011
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"Powerfully raw, deeply moving, and utterly authentic. Rachel Lloyd has turned a personal atrocity into triumph and is nothing less than a true hero. . . . Never again will you look at young girls on the street as one of 'those' women--you will only see little girls that are girls just like us." --Demi Moore, actress and activist

With the power and verity of First They Killed My Father and A Long Way Gone, Rachel Lloyd's riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City's Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape "the life." Lloyd's unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2011
ISBN: 9780061582059
Branch Call Number: 362.88 LLO 2011 22
Characteristics: 277 p

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Barbarajean Sep 04, 2017

This is an incredible memoir, if at times heart-wrenching. The author manages to survive two attempts on her life by her drug addicted so-called "boyfriend," and manages to escape due to the kindness of strangers. She weaves her own story between the incredibe heart-breaking stories of the young teens she rescues from the streets of New York, where they are required to turn all of their cash over to their unbelievably violent, and manipulative young street pimps. After reading this book you'll never look at "those " girls in the same way again. Rachel Lloyd is a true heroine, and these girls are the victims of a cruel industry that preys upon the young and vulnerable.

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firecatwarrior
Jan 06, 2017

This is a phenomenal book for anyone interested in this subject matter. Raw, real, sad, strong and amazing. I love the points Rachel drives home about the ages of these girls, and how changing the language surrounding commercially sexually exploited children is important. I agree with pretty much everything she covers and it is scary how the adults in these situations (from the pimps all the way to the cops and some counselors) are SO ill equipped to deal with what these girls really need. Honestly, I think everyone should have to read this book.

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maggiemjm
Dec 29, 2015

Excellent and well written. A incredible look at the world of child sexual exploitation through the eyes of experience. Rachel herself is a survivor and has gone on to found an organization dedicated to the ending of sexual trafficking. Enlightening and a great read.

aelamantia Jan 04, 2012

Excellent, excellent book. It is educational, challenging, even academic while remaining emotionally engaging.

Rachel's narrative writing style is genius - she weaves her own personal story with stories of the girls she works with, a thorough dissection of the system that preys on vulnerable girls, challenges to the reader's perceptions, and calls to action. It keeps you hooked as you learn the nuances of a devestating injustice in our legal system.

Read this book.

laylajewels Nov 07, 2011

This book was awesome!! Very honest and captured the facts and the unexplored psychological aspects and manipulation used in prostitution. Did a great job of exposing commonly held views by general society as stupid :)

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