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From the Reviews
"The harrowing real-life stories of three girls who turned their experiences as sex-trafficked children into a fight to destroy the practice"... Read More
—Kirkus Reviews

"This is an excellent read for anyone who believes that ending exploitation is possible."
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—Lauren Hersh, Equality Now

"This book is invaluable for young people to learn about not just the horrors of sex trafficking but also how victims can become survivors and finally leaders."... Read More
—Ruchira Gupta, Apne Aap Women Worldwide
A Breaking Free website is available with resources to help educators incorporate Breaking Free into their classrooms. Students can also find more information about the survivors and about human trafficking in general.

True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery
Abby Sher - All books by this author

Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Slavery, by award-winning author Abby Sher, explores the global issue of human sex trafficking from a survivor’s point of view. It recounts the harrowing stories of three courageous women—Somaly Mam, Minh Dang, and Maria Suarez—who were all forced into sexual slavery as children. After escaping their captors, these three women could easily have become voiceless victims, lost to the horrors of their own histories; instead, they have each become leading advocates and activists in the anti-trafficking movement.

With help from Somaly, Maria, Minh, and many other survivors and counselors, Sher tells the riveting story of what it means to be liberated from sexual trafficking and find the trust and conviction to help educate new survivors. Told with breath-taking honesty and simplicity, Breaking Free sends the message that, even in the most tragic circumstances, the unwavering hope and compassion of the human spirit can and will shine through. (Ages 12–up, F&P Reading Level: T)

A Note from the Author and Publisher of Breaking Free:

June 3, 2014

Dear Readers, Students, and Educators:

Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery recounts the harrowing stories of three women—Somaly Mam, Minh Dang, and Maria Suarez—each of whom have become leading advocates and activists in the anti-trafficking movement.

Within a few weeks of the book’s release, Newsweek Magazine published an article (May 30th, 2014 issue) reporting that Somaly Mam had fabricated and embellished her life story. As a result, Somaly Mam has resigned as president of her Foundation.

To say the least, this news came as a complete surprise to us. These accusations are extremely disturbing and disappointing, and we sincerely apologize for any alleged fictitious content in our book regarding Somaly’s story. Nonetheless, we continue to believe that the work of Minh, Maria, and other human rights activists and organizations should not be tarnished as a result of these revelations concerning one individual. The work they do to rescue girls who have fallen victim to the scourge of human trafficking can and should be respected, even in light of this recent development.

The author and staff of Barron’s Educational Series hope that you still find this book to be an informative and thought-provoking call-to-action for all those committed to ending human trafficking.

Sincerely yours,

Abby Sher

The Staff of Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.

About The Author:
Abby Sher
is a writer and performer whose work has appeared in Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion and Behind the Bedroom Door: Getting it, Giving it, Loving it, Missing it as well as in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Self, Jane, Elle, HeeB and Redbook. She is the author of the adult memoir Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying (Among Other Things) and the young adult novel Kissing Snowflakes. Abby has written and performed for the Second City in Chicago and the Upright Citizen's Brigade and Magnet Theater in New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.


Paperback / 240 Pages / 5 ¼ x 8 / 2014

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