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Summary

Sarah Forsyth has spent most of her life in fear. After overcoming the hurt and heartbreak of a horrific childhood, Sarah managed to build a new life for herself as a nursery nurse. 

Then, one day, she spotted a newspaper advert for a job in a crèche in Amsterdam. Excited by the prospect of a fresh start abroad, she eagerly signed up. But within minutes of stepping off the plane in Amsterdam her life began to fall apart.... 

There was no crèche and no job. That night, at just 19 years of age, her life - her real life, her life as Sarah Forsyth - ended. Fed cocaine and cannabis, and forced at gunpoint to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District of Amsterdam: Sarah was a victim of sex trafficking. 

Sarah Forsyth is a survivor. This is her heartbreaking story. 

©2013 Sarah Forsyth, Tim Tate (P)2019 Bonnier Books Ltd

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A life an opnion changing read

A heart wrenching story about a situation I was totally ignorant of.
Told with pace and clarity it leads you through a life and situation that one finds unnbelievable in this day and age. You will not put this listen down. It doesn't titilate or bring you detail......it beings you sadness and a feeling of loss.
Life changing read? - why not? I dare you to read / listen and not feel ashamed of the curtain that gets lifted on the envorinment we use for stagg parties and "innocent" jolly japes. I was questioning my whole attitude to those whove been and to thoae that will follow.
Whatever I thought before.......I can no longer think this for the future.
Read it .

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Gripping, and shaming

42 years as a cop or a Police Crime Commissioner didn't prepare me for this book, or its content....it takes you to the gutter and keeps you there...I learnt a lot. Excellently told, strongly recommended, but only if you have a strong stomach!

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Everyone should read this book

This is one of the most harrowing and deeply shocking books I have ever read, Sarah forsyth tells her story and forces open the eyes of the ignorance that is the forced sex trade. The narrator made me feel like I was there with her, and as a victim of sever abuse myself I felt all of Sarah's pain. this book gave me hope that I too can survive my trauma just like she has.Brilliant

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What a terrible life

A very sad story, but a good listen.
They say what ever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but one person shouldn't have to suffer so much to learn this lesson.

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great read

loved this book , sad true account heartbreaking such a sad story but the narrator was brilliant

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So powerful, such bravery & courage.💕💕💕

sarah you are warrior queen personified. an inspiration to every poor soul on the planet suffering all types of MENS evil disgusting "need" for sex.just know HELL has each and every one of their names on the reservations list-all will pay in the end. so much love to you i wish you all the happiness in life. you have the strength of the gods !

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Harrowing and thought provoking

I hope Sarah can one day live a happy life- and distance herself from her past if possible! This is a harrowing story from start to finish… it’s scary how even now- young woman are being stolen and forced to be sex workers. We like to believe that the sex trade is performed by willing woman… but it seems that a lot of them are not! This isn’t an easy listen- but it’s very thought provoking!

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Sad

I find it so disturbing that Sarah was treated this way from humans. To be born into your father raping you then treated and conned into a world of prostitution is truly heartbreaking. I hope Sarah gets all the help and love in the world and finds peace always.

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Emotional terrifying

Gripping true story that opens your eyes to the slave trade hidden amongst us.

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very good.

loved the narrator! Great book of you can listen to this type of abuse, then it's a recommended listen!

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  • 20-05-22

unbelievable

this is a MUST read. how stupid that I did not know the scale of this horrible Industry.

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  • Heidi Ho
  • 17-03-22

As another survivor, I found this to be a brave and beautiful book!

In a world where there are still so many damaging stereotypes of prostituted women and people with addictions, this book is a lifeline. There are so many images of “party girl hookers” and “liberated sex workers,” yet still so few perspectives of people who have actually been trafficked, forced to take drugs, and hand over all the money to abusers. When this happened to me, in my youth, so many people didn’t believe that people can be forced that even when I got away, I didn’t have any way to process what happened or anyone to tell, and that is a very dark place. I can very much relate to going back to the life. There was no way I felt I would ever be able to relate to the world of school kids again, after jumping out of a moving car to escape a killer with a body in the car, and being raped on a daily basis. It took finding a book like this, and a group for survivors, to make sense of my experience and begin to figure out how my past groomed me for commercial sexual exploitation (incest, poverty, colonialism, etc.), what had happened (the hierarchy of prostitution, its relationship to patriarchy and domestic violence), and how I could still have goals for a meaningful future (obtain a GED and work toward a career helping others). Still, there were so few times that I came into contact with others who had existed in the same world. It was terribly isolating. and the drugs that were introduced so early would continue to call to me, promising not to have to think or feel about it, but I would have to go back to that life to get them. I guess you could say Forsyth could have written this book about me! This book will be very important to a new generation, where some forms of sex work are becoming so normalized that the devastating effects of an experience like this could be too easily swept under the rug. I hope that Sarah knows that it is normal that she got back in touch with the girl who lured her into her enslavement. I have done the same, because being a survivor is so, so isolating. I, honestly, see no complicity on either woman’s part. The trafficker is the only one in control in a situation like that. But, then, I don’t think women with Stockholm Syndrome, or who are under the gun, should be legally liable. I think whether or not you will “collude” has only to do with how afraid or how brainwashed you are, in almost all cases. I think we need to show much more understanding of those who have been trafficked. I hope my opinion doesn’t offend other survivors, and I respect their right to see it differently. I have continued to grow and heal, but this book is a break from the isolation, once again. I would love to see healing communities arise, in which there are support groups, shelters, political action groups, retreats, events, etc. where survivors of trafficking can form community, and healing bonds. There used to be something like this where I’m from…there are certainly enough of us! I felt the narration sounded a bit angry and depressed. Most of the women I know who have experienced things like this discuss them more matter of factly, with a bit of ferocity and attitude, when needed. Never do they sound pouty and melodramatic, like this reading. At least, not in my experience, and I’ve attended many speakers and known many women in the life. I loved the book, but thought they could have done better with the narration. What a brave soul, and an excellent book!

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  • Brian Lee
  • 12-02-22

Terrific!!

This book is a bit heartbreaking well it's definitely heartbreaking but worth listening to and it's so well written God bless her wherever she is

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  • goodtimesiii
  • 13-12-21

Is spectacularly told and read.

It's a harrowing tale but it's but is described inscribed perfectly and The reading by Charlie is the best I've ever heard.

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  • DanBR
  • 25-07-21

Educational, but full of terror

What an exceptional work of the narrator! I could feel through the narrator that the author loathe men (us). Maybe the narrator does too, but I was mesmerized sometimes with the emotion coming through the reading.
Other than that, this book brings to light a lot I suffering. I myself have been to Amsterdam and skipped the red light streets. But maybe I did because I was just broke. At the time, I think that I believed that the girls working there were there because they wanted to. Before reading this book, I thought the city was just one of the best, most beautiful to visit. Now I’m just sad.
It is strange how we disbelieve some events due to how horrific they are. I feel this book made me more educated on the subject. And for that, I’m grateful.

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  • P. Stein
  • 17-10-20

Excellent. Moving story.

This book is well organized, with an excellent narrator. You think you are listening to the actual person. To me, this is a grown up version of the outstanding book, Violated, by Sarah Wilson. That dealt with the Rotherham Scandal. The ineptness and corruption of the Rotherham police were similar to the local Amsterdam police in this story.

This is so well done, that you actually feel Sarah Forsyth’s pain. I always associated the city Amsterdam, with Anne Frank. It was on my bucket list. No longer. How can such despicable practices be so widespread in that city. Apparently, once ensnared in human trafficking the girls are made so drug dependent, they will probably never be whole again. Those that do become whole, must have a great support system and be very strong willed.

Congratulations to the author for an outstanding book, and to an equally outstanding narrator.