by Rachel Lloyd - £10.99 HarperCollins Publishers Inc (2012)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780061582066 | ISBN 10: 0061582069
With the power and verity of First They Killed My Father
and A Long Way Gone, Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape "the life." Lloyd’s unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.
During her teens, Rachel Lloyd ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. With time, through incredible resilience, and with the help of a local church community, she finally broke free of her pimp and her past and devoted herself to helping other young girls escape "the life."
In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark world of commercial sex trafficking in cinematic detail and tells the story of her groundbreaking nonprofit organization: GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. With great humanity, she shares the stories of the girls whose lives GEMS has helped — small victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.
"Powerfully raw, deeply moving, and utterly authentic. Rachel Lloyd has turned a personal atrocity into triumph and is nothing less than a true hero... Never again will you look at young girls on the street as one of 'those' women — you will only see little girls that are girls just like us."
(Demi Moore, actress and activist)
(Price & availability last checked: June 2019)
In booklists: Prostitution and Sex Work, Women's Activism, In categories: Feminism & Women, Society, Welfare, Justice & the State, Sexuality / Relationships, Violence & Abuse, Work & Workers Rights, Changing the World,