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Born in Newcastle in 1976, from the age of three, the very people who meant to be looking after and protecting Sarah Forsyth were sexually abusing her. Somehow she managed to overcome the hurt and heartbreak of a horrific childhood, and build a new and happy life for herself as a nursery nurse. Then, one day, Sarah spotted a newspaper advert for a job in a crèche in Amsterdam. Thrilled by the prospect of a fresh start away from Newcastle and all the memories it held, she eagerly signed up. But within minutes of arriving in Amsterdam her life began to fall apart. There was no crèche and no job: Sarah was a victim of sex-trafficking. Fed cocaine and cannabis, and forced at gunpoint to work as a prostitute in the red light district of Amsterdam, Sarah was turned from a young innocent English girl into a desperate and terrified crack whore. Riddled with fear about what her pimps would do to her if they caught her trying to run away, it took Sarah almost a year to find the strength to fight back and escape. But, unlike many of the girls that she was forced to live and work beside, she did get away. Sarah Forsyth is a survivor. This is her heart-rending story.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008ALQFZ0
  • Publisher: John Blake (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGX4O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Sarah Forsyth tricked into Amsterdam sex industry.

 on 15 August 2017
By foxy rose
An interesting book on how an innocent young girl got duped into going to Amsterdam on a job offer that turned out to be imprisoned in a brothel in the red light district. The red light district is not as it seems to be with young woman working in the sex industry. They are controlled by pimps who beat and rape them into submission. It’s impossible for them to escape because there’s no where they can go as the Police are also in on it. This young lady was lucky there were 2 officers in Amsterdam that were looking for her as there was a rumour going around the red light district about a British girl that was duped into going to Amsterdam on pretense of being a child nurse but was sold into the sex trade. When Sarahgoy a chance to run away, she turned up at a police station. It was touch and go but she met up with the 2 officers that were looking for her. She was spirited out of the Netherlands to Belgium. Her Mother came over to Belgium to be with her. She had a hard road to recovery and still is suffering with memories and bad dreams and drug addiction. This was in the early 2000’s and I dread to think it’s probably going on still today in 2017. Sarah is a survivor and lived to tell her story.


 on 20 January 2014
By littlefroggy
The most harrowing and horrific story I think I’ve ever read. There are millions of women who are enslaved in the sex trade all around the world. If a woman is servicing 10-20 punters a day, that’s 10-20 ‘normal’ people who could have asked ‘Are you OK?’ but didn’t. That’s the worst of it. This is modern slavery, no less debasing and dehumanising than in the 1700’s and it’s under right under the noses of a never-ending stream of customers, none of whom ever ask questions. Apparently none of them give a damn. We talk a lot about the slavery of the past but not enough about the slavery which is happening on a staggering scale today. This woman is damaged beyond repair so there is no real happy ending but by writing this book, she will hopefully open people’s eyes to the truth about prostitution and help dispel the ‘happy hooker’ and ‘world’s oldest profession’ myths. If you know anyone who has used a prostitute or wandered around the red light district in places like Amsterdam gawping at the women trapped behind the glass, give them this book.

True or not, a considerable jolt to read

 on 27 April 2013
By Ava Hay
I have read quite a few reviews and blogs about this book that cast aspersions on its veracity. Even bearing this in mind it is a salutary read and given that the sex slave trade and trafficking in these unfortunate and possibly naive girls still goes on, we can only be horrified that this book is set within the confines of Europe and involves the possible abduction and sexual enslavement of a British girl in the biggest sexual tourist location in Europe. Too close to home to sit comfortably with most readers.

A graphic story a young woman’s life when she is forced into prostitution

 on 5 May 2012
By Swizzlestick
Sarah was abused by her own father from the age of three. After a rebellious and difficult childhood and further abuse while living in children’s care homes, she tried to settle down to train to be a nurse, and set up home with a boyfriend. But her wild side led her to answer an advertisement in a local newspaper to go and work abroad as a nursery nurse.

strong emotional material, provides insight into a seedy world…..powerful story of a womans journey from hell

 on 30 December 2014
By sharon walker
I bought this book as i read a lot of true stories, i had a limited knowledge about Amsterdam’s red light district and wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the subject. However the book gripped me from start to finish, this young lady suffered at each chapter in her life, experiencing ordeals you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy, but has managed to share this with readers and highlighted a subject that needs to be addressed. I was left feeling disgusted that there are people out there still abusing young women in plain sight be these behind the scenes or as punters. I hope the writer finds peace and the strength to keep surviving. Powerful stuff- I highly recommend.

Shocking reading – should be compulsory!

 on 10 May 2013
By R P Rochford
It’s difficult to rate a book as disturbing as this one! The story is generally well written though the style tends to be rather monotonous. However, such observations quickly become obsolete in light of the horrific truths this author reveals as she leads you on a journey from innocence through hell and on into the difficult and painful recovery of the main character.

Hard to read, hard to put down!

 on 20 April 2012
By Nicky Hatherell
No need to describe the story – plenty of reviewers have done that already.

A very powerful book

 on 10 September 2013
By S. Jones
This book is a very compelling, moving, upsetting and horrifying account of one woman’s hellish journey of abuse throughout her life. It is well-written and gripping throughout and you do get a real sense of who the author is, she does not flinch from telling it like it is and that extends to her view of herself.


 on 10 May 2014
By Amianne
To say my bubble has been burst after reading this book would be an understatement. I can honestly say I never knew that sex trafficking went on in this country and always assumed that in Amsterdam the prostitutes were their because they wanted to be. OMG how wrong I was! And to every woman and man who is abused I offer my humblest apology for making such assumptions. This book truly opened my eyes to a world I did`nt know existed. So thank you Sarah for telling your story.
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