5 Books About Survivors of Horrific Human Trafficking

January is National Human Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month. Read on to learn about books telling the stories of real survivors.

Memoirs & Biographies Non-Fiction Recommendations

January is National Human Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month. During this month, our goal is to bring awareness to the atrocities being committed and shine a light on anyone who has been a victim of trafficking. Education is what helps people learn about what is happening and the extent to which crimes are committed. That is how a better tomorrow can be built. Many survivors have shared their stories to inform people about what they have gone through, which gives an up-close look at what is happening. Here are some memoirs by survivors of human trafficking that show why we need this month.

Trigger Warning: The mention of Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking may be triggering for some readers. Please exercise personal care when reading.

Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor by Katariina Rosenblatt

"Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor" book cover, with a woman walking down a sidewalk.

Katariina Rosenblatt was a young girl who just wanted people to like her. She had problems already occurring in her life, but soon, more dangers entered her world. She feels lucky to have gotten out of those experiences, and now she is sharing her story. Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor is Rosenblatt’s account of her experiences in child prostitution. It took a lot of effort for her to leave as she kept getting pulled back in. It was a world of violence and traumatizing situations that no child should go through. The scary part emphasized is that this could happen to anyone. Rosenblatt is making sure that is not the case and making people aware of the extent of these horrors.

My Life Now: Essays by a Child Sex Trafficking Survivor by Mary Knight

"My Life Now: Essays by a Child Sex Trafficking Survivor" book cover with an older woman walking across a bridge.

Parents are supposed to love and protect their children. However, there are some scary occasions where it is the parents that bring danger to the children. That is what happened to Mary Knight. She is telling everyone about her childhood in her memoir My Life Now: Essays by a Child Sex Trafficking Survivor. Knight’s parents were the ones who were selling her as a child prostitute. She describes them as her “pimps.” Naturally, once she got out, she had a long road to recovery. Dealing with the memories of a harrowing youth is scary, but Knight worked hard to get to where she is now. Knight is showing the dangers of her past and how she got to the present.

No Longer Untouchable: A Story of Human Trafficking, Heroism, and Hope by Sarah Davison-Tracy

"No Longer Untouchable: A Story of Human Trafficking, Heroism, and Hope" book cover with the feet of woman walking on water.

A long time ago, Devisara “Hannah” Badi and her sisters had to experience the world of child prostitution in Nepal. They were considered “untouchables” in their society due to their poverty, making them appear worthless to those around them. That led to them being taken into prostitution so young. Now, as survivors, Badi wants people to be aware of what they go through and what many children still go through. That is told in the book, No Longer Untouchable: A Story of Human Trafficking, Heroism, and Hope, written by Sarah Davison-Tracy with a foreword by Badi. Davison-Tracy gets an up-close look into the human trafficking situation in Nepal, with thousands of girls being trafficked by year. Davison-Tracy and Badi are working to put that to an end and show what many of those girls are forced to go through.

Faraway: A Suburban Boy’s Story as a Victim of Sex Trafficking by R.K. Kline and Daniel D. Maurer

Faraway: A Suburban Boy's Story as a Victim of Sex Trafficking book cover with a row of houses.

It often starts with someone who seems like a friend. After that, the dangers begin. That was the case for Kevin, now known as R.K. Kline. Along with Daniel D. Maurer, he wrote Faraway: A Suburban Boy’s Story as a Victim of Sex Trafficking. Kline was a fourteen-year-old who was figuring out his sexuality when he was taken away. He was thrust into the child trafficking world, a world that wanted to harm him in every way possible. During this time in his life, Kline made friends with children who were going through the same experience as him. To this day, Kline is grateful for the support those friends gave him through the darkest of times.

Unbroken: Surviving Human Trafficking By Lurata Lyon

"Unbroken: Surviving Human Trafficking" book cover with a woman's half face, half of it sad and covered in dirt and the other half happy and clean.

The breaking out of a war can lead to sinister situations sliding by. Society descends into chaos, and the victims have almost no way out. That was the case for Lurata Lyon, which she shares in her book, Unbroken: Surviving Human Trafficking. When war broke out in what was formerly Yugoslavia, Lyon was separated from her parents and kidnapped into an underground world of human trafficking. She was abused daily and was led to believe that any day could be her last day alive. Getting out was a struggle, but she survived and was ready to tell what really happened. Most of the dangers of war can be observed, but these are the scary parts that most people don’t see.

It was brave for all of these survivors to tell their stories. They have been through serious trauma, which can be difficult to relive when writing a book. These books should all show why it is important to be educated about the dangers of human trafficking and why we should fight to stop it.

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