Everyday Abolitionist Book Club

must-read books on human trafficking.

A simple way to spark the abolitionist movement in your community is to start an Everyday Abolitionist Book Club! Listed below are some books we recommend with links to purchase them on Amazon. Register your Amazon account with AmazonSmile and Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of the price of all eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Free The Girls.

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Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery by Shayne Moore and Kimberly Yim

Slavery didn’t end in 1833, when William Wilberforce’s decades-long campaign finally resulted in the Slavery Abolition Act. It didn’t end in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It didn’t end in 1949, when the United Nations declared trafficking “incompatible with the dignity and worth of the human person.” The sad truth is, slavery never ended. It just went underground, where it continues to exploit powerless men, women and children in horrific ways throughout the world. Now for the good news: you have power. In Refuse to Do Nothing, “Abolitionist Mamas” Shayne Moore and Kimberly Yim share their stories of coming to terms with the power available to them in their normal, everyday lives


The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It by Victor Malarek

Investigative journalist Victor Malarek turns the spotlight on the men who fuel the demand for prostitutes and the international sexual enslavement of women. Each year more than 800,000 women and children are lured, tricked, or forced into prostitution to meet an apparently insatiable demand, joining an estimated 10 million women already ensnared in the $20 billion worldwide sex trade. While much research focuses on why these women end up in the trade, investigators have turned a blind eye toward the “johns” who trigger the demand — until now. In this hard-hitting exposé, Malarek unmasks the kind of men — and organizations — that drive the sex trade around the world. With interviews with both the unrepentant and the reformed, The Johns forces readers to rethink the world’s oldest so-called profession.


Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir by Rachel Lloyd

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.


Renting Lacy: A Story Of America’s Prostituted Children by Linda Smith with Cindy Coloma

The average age of entry into prostitution in America is 13 years old. Forced into a life they never chose, manipulated, abused and tortured at the hands of the pimps who control them, our country’s children are sold on the streets, on the internet and at truck stops across America every night. They aren’t bad kids who made bad choices. They are victims of child sex trafficking. They come from our neighborhoods, our schools, our churches, and sometimes our own homes. Author Linda Smith brings to life characters based on real stories and interviews with teen survivors. Meet Lacy and Star as they reveal the underbelly of our country s commercial sex trade. Get to know the men who sell them, and the ones who buy them. Let Renting Lacy draw you into the lives of these young girls as they struggle to survive each night, watching their childhood hopes and dreams slip away in the darkness. Let it compel you to action.


Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

The key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. In Half The Sky, readers undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth.

Learn how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.


Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It by David Batstone

A groundbreaking global report updated with the latest findings, new stories, and statistics that highlight what is being done to end the appalling epidemic of human trafficking, and how you can join the movement.


Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery by Abby Sher

Award-winning author Abby Sher, explores the global issue of human sex trafficking from a survivor’s point of view. She recounts the harrowing stories of three courageous women–Somaly Mam, Minh Dang, and Maria Suarez–who were all forced into sexual slavery as children. After escaping their captors, these three women could easily have become voiceless victims, lost to the horrors of their own histories; instead, they have each become leading advocates and activists in the anti-trafficking movement.



The Exodus Road: One Wife’s Journey Into Sex Trafficking and Rescue by Laura Parker with Matt Parker

What if you lived in a place where you knew children were being sold for sex? Would you send your husband into a brothel to find them? Living in Malaysia, Laura’s husband, Matt, who was a former youth pastor, became an undercover investigator deputized by the local police. He investigated hundreds of remote brothels, back alleys, and mafia-driven red-light districts, taking their marriage on a journey into the realities of what rescue from sex trafficking really costs. Laura chronicles her personal journey, as well as the beginning of The Exodus Road– a nonprofit coalition of investigators which has fueled hundreds of rescues from sex slavery, spans several continents, and continues to grow today. This is her honest, gripping story from the front lines which will leave you both shocked and inspired.