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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.

READ IT

 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.

What a story!

 on 1 December 2013
By mickeymouse
Although this is a harrowing story about a young girl trafficked to Amsterdam’s Red light district its one that you can’t put down. Sarah gives her honest and heart felt emotion throughout. It tells how easy it is for pimps and their accomplices can pick up young girls and sell them like pieces of meat. It is an eye opener of the true horror that many of the young girls and women from all over the world live with day in and day out. They become trapped by these monsters use them for their own finiancial gain. Amsterdam chooses to turn a blind eye to what actually going on in their red light districts. Rape after rape, beating, drug addiction money laundering, slavery, starvation, health problems and even murder.

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.

An Unbelievably sad & ruined life through no fault of her own.

 on 10 February 2014
By margaret
From 3 years of age, abused by her own father, then put into care, abused again, did she really stand a chance. The fact that she was tricked into going for a nursery nurse’s job in Amsterdam, & forced to become a prostitute, must have tipped her totally over the edge. My daughter is councillor/therapist & has told me just how low the self esteem becomes of people who have been abused like Sarah., they feel worthless & blame themselves. People criticised her for not running from the window, but with all the pimps/running boys & police in Gregor’s pocket, all watching her, how could she, with no money, no passport, no clothes other than the bikini & she didn’t speak the language. It was impossible, I think she is very brave just managing to survive. It was a very good book, I’m just sorry it had to be written, & she could have had a normal decent childhood. I just despair of cruel people saying it was like Jackannory, judging people who have been through appalling things, things most of us only have nightmares about, & making glib cheap remarks, have these people no common decency. Sarah take no notice of these negative remarks you are a survivor, try & go on to make your life as good as you can, I wish you lots & lots of luck in the future if anyone deserves it you do.

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.

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.

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.
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