Books, Videos and Reports



Girls Like Us: Fighting for a world where girls are not for sale, an activist finds her calling and heals herself by Rachel Lloyd. c2011. At the age of only 13 Lloyd was caught in the snare of commercial sexual exploitation. A local community church helped free her of her pimp and her past. Rachel Lloyd is now a highly educated woman who works with women in the sex industry. She founded GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services in New York City. Lloyd talks about her past and shares stories of girls she has helped. She also was a leading advocate of the Safe Harbor for Exploited Youth Act which made New York the first state to protect, not prosecute, sexually exploited children.

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Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution by Jody Raphael. Published by Northeastern University Press. Story of a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation, how she was recruited/groomed, what “the life” was like, how she got out, how she is healing.

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Chosen. Movie, 2014. The True Story of two teens tricked into trafficking. Both were chosen. Includes discussion guide. Contact Cherish All Children for more information.


"No Wrong Door by MN Department of Public Safety, 2103.

Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis: Structures, Functions, and Patterns, Lauren Martin (PI), Alexandra Pierce (PI), Stephen Peyton, Ana Isabel Gabilondo, and Girija Tulpule. (2014) - snapshot of the sex trade as an industry.  As such, it operates on market principles. Like other markets, the market for sex with juveniles is structured by demand, supply, and a process through which the supply (or “product”) is developed, managed, and delivered. Summary Report.

Mapping the Demand, Sex Buyers in Minnesota, Lauren Martin, Christina Melander, Harshada Karnik, Corelle Nakamura (2017). This report seeks to deepen our understanding of those who have paid for sex in the Minnesota marketplace for commercial sexual exploitation. Summary report.


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