Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores

The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores is the first account of a girl who is living in suburban America and how she is drawn into human trafficing.

Theresa is a girl from a well to do family that has to move frequently because of her father's job. She moves into a suburb of Detroit when she is fifteen. This school and suburb was different as alot of the people was from middle east countries. She found herself drawn to one of the Caldean boys although her mother forbids her to see him (this usually just makes a teen want something more)and she has a long distance boyfriend. She makes a decision one day to go with this boy to his house which leads to a rape and eventually leads to blackmail and the victimization of this girl for over two years. She only escaped when her family moved.

I found it very dishearting that people that were suppose to be there to protect the children knew something was going on and chose to turn their heads and ignore the situation.

I found the the last couple of chapters very informative as I have a daughter who is 14 now and I am very much aware of the worries of a parent at this time of life.

I found the reader very good although I did find it hard to hear her sometimes when she would lower her voice in a whisper for dramatic reasons. At these times I found myself straining to hear her but this was only when I was listening in my car.


  1. www.stopslavery2010.com

    The Dayton Human Trafficking Accords


    WE can end human trafficking and slavery, but only if we solemnly commit ourselves to that common purpose.

    We must confront the global scourge of trafficking and slavery beginning in our own local communities.

    We as individuals and all institutions of society have a moral responsibility to end trafficking and free slaves from their captivity.


    WE undertake a solemn commitment, beginning now, to end the scourge of trafficking and slavery

    And to take immediate action in our communities to

    Stir society’s conscience to action against trafficking and slavery

    Rescue and restore victims of trafficking and slavery

    Identify and punish traffickers and slavers

    Promote legislation and public policies to eradicate trafficking and slavery

    Address the social, cultural and economic causes of trafficking and slavery

    So that

    We will end human trafficking in our time.

  2. Theresa,
    I just want to thank you for the encouragement, at Grosse Point Yacht club. That was the first time I met you. I have written my testimony in full, it was amazing. I am currently trying to figure out how to go about publishing it. Can you help me, a victim survivor of Human trafficking, and a friend.
    Malynda M. Jennings
    6528 E. Gale Rd
    Hesperia, Mi 49421
    ps.please contact me.


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