Reading “The Slave Across the Street”

When fighting to end human trafficking, it is best not to pull a Lohan. Play to your own strengths. As Amanda so wisely pointed out, Lindsay would do much better sporting fashion crafted by trafficking survivors, as opposed to playing the role of modern-day slavery’s Angelina Jolie. What was Lohan thinking? Her lips aren’t nearly full enough for that gig.

From buying Fair Trade coffee in the morning to hosting candlelight vigils at night, there are so many ways to get involved with the cause on an everyday basis. What are your gifts? Perhaps you are the type of person who operates best behind-the-scenes, and if so, do not discount reading books as action.

By reading survivor stories and other information on human trafficking, you are informing yourself, becoming ever more aware of victim experiences. In turn, you will give voice to those experiences as you share what you know with others. And, it is fuel for the fire. What you read will become part of who you are in this fight, spurring you on in certain directions as you stand up for victims of a particular age or nation, or combat a specific form of exploitation.

A new book by Theresa Flores, The Slave Across the Street, was released last week. In it, Flores recounts her experience as an upper-middle class teenager in Detroit, MI, where she was forced into sexual slavery for a period of two years. Drugged, raped, and ultimately enslaved by a group of high school classmates, Flores was threatened into silence in order to protect her family, with whom she was still living during this time. The cycle of torture ended only after her family moved to another city.

Amazing.

Stories like The Slave Across the Street are important to read, hear and share so that our country can collectively, finally understand that human trafficking is an issue here. Now. And it must be addressed.

You can order a copy of the book here. Or, if you are cheapskate like me and don’t want to spend the money, you can make sure that your local library gets a copy. Added bonus: Once you are done borrowing the book, it will be available for the rest of your community to read for years to come. So, if reading to fight human trafficking is your cup of tea, be who you are and don’t be a Lohan. Order yourself a cup.

source: http://humantrafficking.change.org/blog/view/reading_the_slave_across_the_street

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