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Slave Girl - I Was an Ordinary British Girl. I Was Kidnapped and Sold into Sex Slavery. This is My Horrific True Story [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Forsyth
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Born in Newcastle in 1976, from the age of three, the very people who meant to be looking after and protecting Sarah Forsyth were sexually abusing her. Somehow she managed to overcome the hurt and heartbreak of a horrific childhood, and build a new and happy life for herself as a nursery nurse. Then, one day, Sarah spotted a newspaper advert for a job in a crèche in Amsterdam. Thrilled by the prospect of a fresh start away from Newcastle and all the memories it held, she eagerly signed up. But within minutes of arriving in Amsterdam her life began to fall apart. There was no crèche and no job: Sarah was a victim of sex-trafficking. Fed cocaine and cannabis, and forced at gunpoint to work as a prostitute in the red light district of Amsterdam, Sarah was turned from a young innocent English girl into a desperate and terrified crack whore. Riddled with fear about what her pimps would do to her if they caught her trying to run away, it took Sarah almost a year to find the strength to fight back and escape. But, unlike many of the girls that she was forced to live and work beside, she did get away. Sarah Forsyth is a survivor. This is her heart-rending story.

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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening and jaw-dropping 22 July 2009
I read a lot of books but have not really delved into the 'tragic life stories' genre before, but Slave Girl caught my eye on the shelf and even though the subject matter is unpleasant I was really struck by the element of hope in the book. Sarah has been to hell and back but she survived to tell the tale. Other people in that situation would have accepted their fate and given up but she kept fighting and eventually escaped. I felt like I was with her every step of the way and respect and admire Sarah for her courage and resiliance.
I was shocked to discover that 70% of the prostitutes in Amsterdam's red light district are forced to work there by greedy gangsters. Sarah's voice needs to be heard so that tourists to that city know the misery that goes on behind those windows. The corrupt police should be named and shamed and a full investigation into the local government needs to be conducted so girls like Sarah shouldn't have to go through that ordeal ever again.
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slave Girl - Review 7 July 2009
I read this book in a matter of hours. It was so compelling.
Being the same age as Sarah and also living in the Newcastle area, this book really struck home.
My husband also read the book and we talked for hours afterwards about Sarah's ordeal.
If Sarah ever reads this comment... I wish you all the best in the future - you deserve it x x x
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73 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read 6 Mar. 2012
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Last year I wrote Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave to try and raise awareness about trafficking, so after my research for it I was expecting a lot of the horrific ordeal that Sarah describes in her book, but many others may not be. This book is a must-read and is very well-written. You will cry while reading Sarah's heart-breaking story, and you will feel disgusted, sick, and angry, but it's a story that needs to be read. No one should have to go through this. Slave Girl addresses a lot of common misconceptions surrounding prostitution - mainly that these women must've got into it by choice. Society doesn't pay attention to the reason prostitutes are doing what they're doing. They don't stop and think how they got into that situation - far better to ignore it than have to deal with the horrendous fact that trafficking is a huge global problem that makes a hell of a lot of money for those involved, from the bottom right up to the very top. That woman working on a street corner or in a sauna or massage parlour that you see every day could be trafficked. In the UK, it is not hidden from view, but blatantly in your face - street corners, massage parlours freely advertising in phone boxes, on the net, in newspapers, and yet very little is done to protect these women from trafficking. Another misconception is that victims can just escape - it's not as simple as that. As Sarah says " Not all prisons have bars and walls - some are in the mind." Victims hardly ever speak out because they're subjected to unimaginable abuse and violence, or their families are threatened. They cannot escape because they are brainwashed into believing their captors and they don't know who to trust. In Sarah's case, she was further bound to her captors after being fed drugs just to get through her living hell. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure if totally genuine 12 Mar. 2015
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although if I am mistaken I hugely apologise to Sarah,I can't help but have the feeling that this story is not 100% true. Sarah mentions that she was locked in the red light district windows, yet was able to let punters in, she then gets in a romantic relationship with her kidnapper, I'm very sorry for what she went through weather forced or not, I hear she is now still addicted to drugs mainly morphine and I hope she has the strength to stop one day. Interesting book but not believable to me.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars horrifying 13 Sept. 2010
By T-bone
This book is the story of a young woman from Gateshead, who, following years of abuse as a child and adolescent attempts to make a new life for herself by taking a job abroad. Alas, the job is a ruse and she is kidnapped and forced into life as a prostitute in the Netherlands.
This story is truly shocking, as it details the failures of those who should have helped her as a child and the realities of life as a trafficked sex slave in one of Europes most popular cities.
It was a real eye opener for me that British women are trafficked into prostitution abroad - naively I had assumed prior to reading this that the trade wasn't operating both ways.
Throughout the book there are occasional footnotes that offer additional information such as facts and statistics such as currency exchanges, legal changes etc.
There is also, in the edition I read an introduction and afterword that shed more light on the events told in the body of the book itself.
This is not an easy read in that the material is shocking and disturbing, and with reading this comes the realistaion that there are so many other women trapped in this situation, and that the judicial system really is not dealing with or punishing these crimes adequately.
The complicity of authorities that should be there to protect is appalling.
The book is not a long one, yet I feel that it could have a profund impact on those that read it.
I sincerely hope that sarah manages to acheieve some happiness and stability in her life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading if hard to bear at times
A very sobering account of a hidden life behind those glass windows in Amsterdam.
Published 15 hours ago by Leighites
4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ.
For people that are interested in reading true stories. Slave Girl is not for the faint - hearted. An in depth account of real memories by a normal british girl, made vulnerable by... Read more
Published 8 days ago by jessica fitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Truth With No Hiding Place.
Hold tight for a rocky ride. Maybe this should be given out free instead of condoms in red light districts, maybe the punters wouldn't be so keen !
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, capturing perfectly what it must have been ...
Brilliant book, capturing perfectly what it must have been like to go through a childhood like that suffered by the author, to get your life part-way back on track, only to have it... Read more
Published 12 days ago by SharonH
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read......certainly makes you reconsider your...
Gripping and interesting account that, if you've ever been to Ameterdam, makes you think. I really couldnt put this book down. It's worth reading.
Published 13 days ago by A McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading even though it horrified me
Amsterdam is a place I have always wanted to visit naively believing the girls who worked there chose to do so. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Nefertiti
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
This is an amazing, shocking, moving story. I was horrified at the story and the fact this sort of thing is going on today. Read more
Published 24 days ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
It broke my heart reading this. When I was 17, I was in an abusive relationship, my boyfriend used to beat me, lock me up, and pimp me out. But it was only for about 7 months. Read more
Published 27 days ago by shimmergirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 29 days ago by STEVE BACON
5.0 out of 5 stars What a sad story. I'm not sure I could ever visit ...
What a sad story. I'm not sure I could ever visit Amsterdam after reading this.
Published 1 month ago by Christine
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