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This was a powerful book. It weaves together Ms. Lloyd’s own story of growing up in an abusive household and her entry into prostitution and her subsequent rise out of “the life” to create GEMS – Girls Educational and Mentoring Services – with the stories of the girls she met along the way. And I do mean girls. Some of these trafficked girls were as young as eleven. It is very hard to read stories of girls that young being abused at the hands of both their pimps and the justice system.
I found I couldn’t read the book through like I would a novel. I had to read a chapter or two and then put it aside and read another book for a bit. That is not to say that I was unhappy to have read Girls Like Us. It is a book, I think that needs reading. I was very unaware of much that I read regarding just how young some of the girls are. I was very unaware of the mis-perceptions people hold regarding young girls and the supposed “choice” they make to be a prostitute.
Ms. Lloyd’s personal story is harrowing and she deserves so much credit for pulling herself out of the hell she found herself in and using her experiences to try and make things better for girls in similar situations. She spares nothing in telling her personal story; not of her being beaten by her “boyfriend” or of her relationship with her alcoholic mother. She uses her past to connect with the girls she counsels. She has been where they are and she knows some of what they are feeling.
But the book isn’t all about the bad; there is hope and lots of it. There are a lot of people who want to help stop the trafficking of young women and give them the resources they need to live a more normal life. That is where GEMS and groups like it come it. And books such as this that raise awareness and change perceptions. I’m glad I read it.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of Girls Like Us gratis from TLC Book Tours. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.