WANNA LEARN MORE?
The book “Girls Like Us” by Rachel Lloyd is a great place to start for those of us wanting to understand more about the world of commercial sex trafficking and how it works here in the US especially. Rachel herself is a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation who founded Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) in New York City, a non-profit organization with the vision to end the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and young women by providing a place for support and a place to create positive change in their lives (for more on their mission and other details check out their website, gems-girls.org).
Throughout her book Rachel provides a compassionate narrative that illustrates how and why youth are targeted and discusses the many aspects of commercial sexual exploitation that make it so difficult to escape from. Along the way she weaves her own story and experiences into the book which only serves to deepen the impact of the valuable knowledge that the reader will find here. After all, we cannot hope to create positive change in this arena if we don’t first understand how and why this particular evil is prevalent in our systems and society.
– Emily Walls, FNP-BC