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

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

by Theresa Flores


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While more and more people each day become aware of the dangerous world of human trafficking, many people in the U.S. believe this is something that happens to foreign women men and children not something that happens to their own children and neighbors.

They couldn't be more wrong.

In this powerful true story. Theresa Flores shares how her life as an All American, 15-years-old teenager was enslaved into the dangerous world of sex trafficking-all while living at home with unsuspecting parents in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit. Her story peels the cover off of this horrific criminal activity and gives dedicated activists as well as casual bystanders a glimpse into the underbelly of human trafficking

Even more importantly, Theres's story and expertise as a counselor and licensed social worker help identify red flags that could prevent her plight from becoming the fate of an unsuspecting teenager. She discusses how she healed the wounds of sexual servitude and offers advice to parents and professionals through prevention tips, education and significant information on human trafficking in modern day America.

With insights and perspectives from a doctor, a friend and her own brother, Theres's memoir provides a well-rounded portrait of the dark world of human trafficking and serves as a reminder of the most important clement to overcoming slavery: hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982328682
Publisher: Ampelon Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/28/2010
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 124,875
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 11

A Note to Reader 13

Preface 17

Introduction 21

Chapter 1 They Don't Know My Name 23

Chapter 2 The Beginning 25

Chapter 3 The Move 27

Chapter 4 Adjusting 31

Chapter 5 Different Kinds of Kids 35

Chapter 6 A New Culture 37

Chapter 7 Spring Semester 39

Chapter 8 The Phone Call 41

Chapter 9 Changed Forever 45

Chapter 10 Manipulation 51

Chapter 11 Cultural Rules 55

Chapter 12 Terms of Indebtedness 57

Chapter 13 Horror Returns 61

Chapter 14 Calm Before the Storm 65

Chapter 15 Submitting 71

Chapter l6 Proposal 75

Chapter 17 Watchful Eyes 81

Chapter 18 Remembering My Place 83

Chapter 19 Kidnapped 85

Chapter 20 Not a Game 95

Chapter 21 Home Life 97

Chapter 22 Paying My Final Dues 99

Chapter 23 Farewell Dinner 103

Chapter 24 Freedom, But at the Price of Another 105

Chapter 25 Betrayal 109

Chapter 26 Escape 113

Chapter 27 New Address 115

Chapter 28 Getting Out 117

Chapter 29 Marks, Lies, and Unawareness 119

Chapter 30 Allen's Story 123

Chapter 31 When Running is No Longer an Option 131

Chapter 32 Surviving 135

Chapter 33 Answers 141

Chapter 34 The Facts About Human Trafficking 149

Chapter 35 Spirituality Saved My Life and Soul 155

Chapter 36 My Spirituality Paved the Way 157

Chapter 37 Seeking Help 159

Chapter 38 Parent and Professional Section: What Can You Do? 161

Chapter 39 Slavery in Any Era 167

Chapter 40 How Could This Be? 171

"My Definition: A Poem" 173

"The Face of a Trafficking Victim" 175

Epilogue 179

References 181

Notes 183

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The Slave Across the Street: The True Story of How an American Teen Survived the World of Human Trafficking 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
DaveAnthold More than 1 year ago
In The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores, she recounts her terrible nightmare of being used as a sex slave in the Detroit area. As she recounts her story, I found myself wanting to vomit at some of the hidious acts against this young teen. Theresa was fifteen when her whole world turned upside down. At fifteen, you think that nothing can touch you. You start thinking about the opposite sex, and your stomach turns to mush when that special someone walks by. She recounts how a simple act of flirtation led to one wrong decision, which led to one nightmare after another. She was forced into losing her virginity at fifteen and then pictures surfaced that forced her to choose between her family's safety or embarassment. She chose to protect her family & that single decision catapulted into eighteen months of servitude to a human trafficking ring. Hearing Theresa's story made my stomach spin in disgust. Theresa came from an upper middle income family. She was white, blonde and blue-eyed. Human trafficking is not isolated to third-world countries. This book pulls the lid off sex slavery and child exploitation. This story is not devoid of pain, sorrow, hurt or healing. Theresa is healing - emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. After she tells her story, she provides valuable information for parents, law enforcement, friends, educators to be aware of the signs of someone who is hurting. We always think that we will see the signs, but the truth is, we don't want to look deep enough into people to see their hurt. This book is a must read for parents, counselors, teachers, kids, friends and whomever you can put it in their hands. This book is graphic and it will shock you, so consider yourself warned, but it is important to read or listen. I was a bit naive that something like this could touch me in my middle class world, I'm glad I listened to this book.
homefire More than 1 year ago
I am so disappointed that the NOOK sample for this included none of the text!  It does have part of the Preface, so I can tell she knows how to write,but still no idea how the story is written.  NOOK books really need to include text rather than just title pages and tables of contents!  I don't call this a sample. I also can't rate it honestly, since I haven't read any of it--just wanted to register this complaint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So you think there are no slaves in the USA? Let alone sex slaves. Well think again. Everyone needs to read this book so you get a small glimps of sex slavery. Dont skip past the difficult parts. Read it all. If you read this, I hope you will NEVER judge another "lady of the evening." Read and then get active. Love you all
DaydreamerLM More than 1 year ago
The Slave Across the Street is one of the most touching and heart wrenching true stories I've come across. While it's obvious that Ms. Flores is not a writer by trade, her story and her bravery of putting her account on paper is commendable. Reading this book has definitely challenged me to redefine human trafficking and my views on sex slaves. It's a distinct alarm for our society to wake up and see the reality of what goes on around us. It's hard to live in a bubble and continue to ignore blatantly obvious signs of children suffering (in any way) after reading this book. Ms. Flores story challenges us to come out of our shells and become aware of the world around us. Her writing is simple and to the point and calls us all to action. Without going into too much detail, the reader is able to still get images of the pain and suffering and how a suburban teenager can get wrapped up into this world. Her honesty and insight into herself and the men who captured her into this horrific world is outstanding. This book will cause you to talk to your children, your friends, your family, your neighbors, your coworkers and anyone who will listen about the realities of human trafficking. If you are looking to be challenged and to come out of the bubble we live in as Americans, then this is a must read.
KayRose More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing, but emotional read. Theresa Flores is so strong for whhat she went through and she is even stronger for wanting to put an end to sex trafficking and doing something about it. It isnpired me to help and volunteer. This book and this woman are a blessing to the world.
Sandra Menzie More than 1 year ago
You must read this, it was hard to believe at times that this really happended. Theresa eent to hell and back. She did surive and wrote this memoir, i believe as a way of healing herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. I had heard a bit of her story through a soroptimist international group and I'm glad I found and read this. I am impressed by her strength, survival and ability to voice her truth. We forget how vulnerable children can be and how easy it is to manipulate and harm others. I'm glad she got away and now speaks out for survivors.
debrn More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting and disturbing at the same time. It is so difficult to believe that situations like this can happen in plain sight, yet we know they do. I commend the author on her ability to survive the situation, but it was really difficult to connect with her emotions. Maybe this is a good thing considering the nature of her crisis. The book is worth the read.
katev1 More than 1 year ago
Extremely moving. I am so glad I came across this book. I never realized that a danger like this still exists in America. Very eye opening!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this on a friends recommendation. I am not a parent, but feel all parents should take note. Pay attention to your children ~ how could you not be aware something was wrong?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Human trafficking has many faces- in this case it was a nice girl from an upper-middle class family. The struggles presented in this book are shocking. Learn the signs, learn how to help!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If anyone wants to learn about TRAFFICKING and what its really all about they certainly ought to read this book written by a person who was a victim herself. How she ever survived all she went through is truly a miracle in my eyes. it is now a blessing that she can go around to tell people about it or definitely read this book. The books title alone tells plenty about her treatment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Or anyone who comes into contact with children on a daily basis. Children are at risk, they will not tell, the responsibility for this child's plight was the indifference of the adults in her life. Would have liked Theresa to tell more about her healing process, give more hope to victims.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I could not put this down. Almost read it in one day. This is wild story. A MUST read, if for any reason so you can be aware for the sake of your loved ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that I could not put down!  I learned so much about human trafficking and came to the same reality as Theresa - this can happen to any of our teenagers in America!
justablondemoment on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very short read that was a very emotional ride. A very sad account of one girls experience with being forced into being a sexual slave. It was not written as a story but more like a documentary or interview which kinda made it a little dry. But the message was loud and clear this DOES happen and it is horrible. What courage this young woman has to expose herself by coming forward. I can't give a thumbs up to the way it was written but can to the message it sends and to the author.
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MommaBear8837 More than 1 year ago
An important read for parents, teachers, and teens alike. It shows how easily someone can be manipulated by another and get into a situation that they feel they can never get out of - regardless of social status. My heart goes out to Theresa for all that she endured and I find myself grateful that the situation ended for her and she was able to get to the point in her life where she could share her story with others. Child trafficking and sex slavery doesn't just happen to the children with single parents, or from the low income parts of town, or those who are promiscuous, or the ones who ditch school or party. This book shows that it can just as easily happen to the kids who have something more to lose: family, scholarships, clean reputations. ALL of it needs to be stopped and these children must be saved. Atrocities like this will never end but if we ALL become more aware of how easily these people can manipulate and control their young victims, we can slow it down. There are so many small signs if we just open our eyes and be aware that there is a problem, be involved with our young people, and love and care for them unconditionally. It is also important to remember that young males encounter this often, also - it is not just our girls who are victim. If you think that this is a small problem, or it won't happen to YOUR children or someone you love, do an internet search for "child trafficking" and you will be AMAZED at the number of sights and current news reports are there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading a lot on this subject. This is the first book I've read about in the US. Scares me but also educated me. Very brave girl/woman. I'm glad she wrote her story. I think everybody should read it!
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