Books on Human Trafficking

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s, 2010. Like the film by the same name, the book is a passionate call-to-arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation – the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. The book urges us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women, but to help transform their oppression into opportunity. It includes the stories of women and the resilience of their human spirits overcoming the awful violence and oppression they have endured.

Beyond the Soiled Curtain: Project Rescue’s Fight for the Victims of the Sex-Slave Industry by David and Beth Grant, 2009. This book reveals how two million girls are being victimized by the sex-slave industry. It is also the story of people reaching into the brothels to rescue these girls and to help them to move toward a better future.

The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking by Mary Frances Bowley, 2012. This book contains the stories of girls between the ages of 9 and 19 who are survivors and many of whom participated in a program based at Wellspring Living in the State of Georgia. It is also the story of those who have ministered to these girls on the road to restoration. See the need for these protecting, serving partners. Learn what it means to love and care for these survivors.

Girls Like Us -- Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir by Rachel Lloyd, 2012. The author, a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation, reveals the dark world of commercial sex trafficking and tells the story of her nonprofit organization, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, which works with girls whose lives GEMS has helped. She tells of the victories, many are small ones, and how they have helped her heal too. Readers are reminded that any American girl can be trafficked and they deserve sympathy and social services – not handcuffs.

Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children -- A Call to Action by Linda Smith, with Cindy Coloma, 2009. This book contains mature content and may be tough to read. Linda Smith is the founder and executive director of Shared Hope International, an internationally recognized organization with an excellent reputation. The book tells the truth of the horrible things that happen to sexually trafficked children, who cannot speak for themselves, throughout the world but especially in the United States. The author’s goals are to tell the stories, provide the true facts in such a way that the severity of the problem cannot be misunderstood and to move readers and others to action.

Are Women Human? Violence against Women and Girls by Carol Rittner, RSM and Deirdre Mullan, RSM. Published by Mercy Global Concern in 2011, this booklet provides a brief summary of violence against women and girls throughout the world. It includes stories, facts, resources (websites) for further study and information on declarations and resolutions passed to aid in ending the violence.

Walking Prey: How America’s Youth Are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery by Holly Austin Smith, a victim and survivor. This book addresses how today’s youth are primed by popular culture to accept sexual exploitation as well as being a telling story of one young woman’s experience.