Blurb: Sarah Forsyth has spent most of her life in fear. Born in Newcastle in 1976, from the age of three, the very people who were meant to be looking after and protecting her were sexually abusing her. Somehow overcoming the hurt and heartbreak of this horrific childhood, Sarah managed to 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 creche 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 stepping off the plan in Amsterdam her life began to fall apart. There was no creche and no job: Sarah was a victim of sex-trafficking. That night, a just twenty-one years of age, her life – her real life, her life as Sarah Forsyth – ended. 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.
Review: I rarely cry at books, however this brought few tears to my eyes! This non fiction book is a gripping but sad, moving story. Definite MUST READ! Amsterdam isn’t always what it seems and neither are people in this world. It just goes to show that you really cannot trust everyone. I highly recommend this emotional read. Even if you aren’t a fan of this type of read, support the poor woman that endured this experience, and learn about the dangers of travelling alone. I hugely admire Sarah for being so brave.