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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
 
 

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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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening and jaw-dropping 22 July 2009
Format:Paperback
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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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slave Girl - Review 7 July 2009
Format:Paperback
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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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read 6 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Doubt I'll finish it. 18 Aug 2014
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I've been watching the recent showing of Matrioshki on SKY Arts and as I searched for it, I stumbled upon 'Slave Girl.' I began the book with interest but I doubt I'll finish it.

Sarah undoubtedly had an life that no-one deserves and I'm not sure if the person who helped her write her story perhaps missed small things. One that sprung to mind was when Sarah is forced into prostitution in Amsterdam by working in many of windows. She is locked in by her captor, who leaves her with his girlfriend. This girlfriend, as far as I read, is unarmed and sounds like she's off her face with drugs. In that situation, why didn't Sarah walk out the front where the door opened to allow punters in? I can grasp she would have been terrified, in a strange country etc etc - but self-preservation would or should have kicked in - and escape at that point, could have been made. Once out, she could ran from the red light district, begged for cash to use a phone... got in touch with home, the press, the British embassy even a British tourist... even without a passport, someone would have listened.

Once more I reiterate, I cannot imagine anyone going through that hell and Sarah is one hell of a brave woman for speaking out - but the above is a niggle which has made me put the book aside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous but important to read 4 Aug 2014
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This was not an easy or enjoyable read, but it educated me in that I had no previous idea about how brutal and sordid the sex trade was, or the level of degradation the women enslaved in this industry faced. Whilst the sub j sect matter is difficult and uncomfortable it was important, and as a college teacher there are some important messages I can pass on to my students.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK CHANGED MY MIND 5 Sep 2012
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READING THIS BOOK HAS CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT PROSTITUTES, I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF THEM AS HARD FACED UNCAREING AND COMMON, BUT I NOW FEEL THEY ARE NORMAL, FEELING AND THOUGHTFUL PEOPLE, WITH VERY SADLIVES, THE HORRORS SARAH WENT THROUGH MADE ME FEEL FOR HER VERY DEEPLY, AND THE WAY SHE WAS TRICKED INTO GOING TO AMSTERDAM WAS CRUEL, AND THE FACT HER MOTHER THOUGHT SHE WAS PHONEING HER, WAS CRUEL TO HER MOTHER AS WELL, THESE PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE BEEN JAILED FOR LIFE, AND THE POOR GIRL WHO HAD HER HEAD BLOWN OFF HER SHOULDERS WELL WHAT CAN ONE SAY ABOUT THAT????? A VERY COMPELLING READ, HOPE SARAH HAS A HAPPY FUTURE,
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5.0 out of 5 stars read within two days
This book is truly inspiring and a great inset to what goes on in real life right under your nose. Truly gripping and inspirational.
Published 1 day ago by Meghan
5.0 out of 5 stars I also feel terrible and small minded for going in the 80 s ...
We need to know about this to keep ourselves and our children safe, I at the same time as sarah wanted to be a nanny and sent CV s off all over so it could have been me , I also... Read more
Published 1 day ago by miss_mystic77
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
certainly an eye opener
Published 1 day ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening heartbreaking must read
Such a brave strong woman Sarah is to have survived such torture, this book is so disturbing and its ridiculous brothels are permitted to exist anywhere.
Published 1 day ago by danielle wardle
4.0 out of 5 stars Slave girl
Very sad insight into a horrific world had me in tears throughout definitely recommend this book a must read x
Published 2 days ago by Lauren
4.0 out of 5 stars I have recommended this book to several people
What a story. I hope many, many people read this if only to appreciate girls that find themselves in difficult situations are not always of their own making. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Maureen Woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars fab book
I loved everything about this book. I have been trying to write a book about my story. Growing up on a certain Island I was used as slave labour and was raped a numerous amount of... Read more
Published 2 days ago by angie
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
2 day read, couldn't put it down. Such a sad story but yet an real opener. Such a good read
Published 3 days ago by Trix
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great book shock to the system to think this is still going on in this day and age something must be done
Published 3 days ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic read
I have read this book twice and each time I could not put it down, a fantastic read and a true story which is very frightening to think what happened to Sarah could happen to... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jackie10
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