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RECOMMENDED BOOKS


The Johns
About this book:

In Canada, it’s nice to pretend that prostitution isn’t the dangerous social ill it used to be. For one thing, this country no longer has any prostitutes. It now boasts “sex workers” who march into the night under the aegis of advocacy groups, health clinics, and a sympathetic police force. For another, the sale of sex isn’t the assault on mainstream morality it once was. When advertising for even the most ordinary products consists of lascivious innuendo, and electronic trails of paid porn sites haunt half the home computer hard drives in the land, prostitution is just one more facet of our hyper-erotic culture.



God in the Alley
About this book:

“Greg Paul tells of whores and crazies, misfits and rejects that sound as if they stepped out from the pages of the Bible.” –Eugene Peterson

Sam has survived physical, sexual, and substance abuse, terrible violence, and life on the streets. Wendy lives for the next high on crack, oblivious to her boyfriend’s love. Neil is dying of AIDS.

These are the people of inner-city Toronto. Look into their distorted, obscure faces, their fractured lives, and catch a glimpse of the sublime. Greg Paul calls them tragic heroes–individuals who can offer a testament to God’s love and mercy.

With emotional depth and spiritual intensity, Greg’s compelling stories reveal that people with desperate lives have precious lessons to teach us about the character of God. God in the Alley offers a profound message of grace and calling that each one of us needs to hear.

“The experience of reading this book haunts, convicts, delights. But one thing is for sure: you don’t want to miss it.”
–Mark Buchanan, author of The Holy Wild: Trusting God in Everything

“Greg Paul writes beautifully and welcomes us into the life he lives.… I am grateful to have read this book.”
–David Wilcox, musician, songwriter, and storyteller

To read an exert of this book [Click Here]


"Redeeming Love"
By Francine Rivers

About this book:

Rivers has rewritten a secular historical romance of the same name (Bantam, 1991) for the Christian market, and it is a splendid piece of work exploring both physical love and a love of God. Angel, a young, hardened prostitute sold into "the life" as a child, has no interest in God or religion. Then she meets Michael Hosea, a devout Christian who tells her it is his mission to save her. After being badly beaten, Angel decides to take Michael up on his offer of marriage. Eventually, she learns not only to love Michael but to love God as well. There is not one false note in this wonderful novel. The publisher's foreword rates the book "PG" for its adult themes and subplots of rape and incest. However, these are handled with great sensitivity and are very much a part of the story's development. Very highly recommended for most libraries.


Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress
By Melissa Farley

About this book:

Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress offers the reader an analysis of prostitution and trafficking as organized interpersonal violence. Even in academia, law, and public health, prostitution is often misunderstood as "sex work." The book’s 32 contributors offer clinical examples, analysis, and original research that counteract common myths about the harmlessness of prostitution. Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress extensively documents the violence that runs like a constant thread throughout all types of prostitution, including escort, brothel, trafficking, strip club, and street prostitution. Prostitutes are always subjected to verbal sexual harassment and often have a lengthy history of trauma, including childhood sexual abuse and emotional neglect, economic discrimination, rape, and racism.

International in scope, the book contains cutting-edge contributions from clinical experts in traumatic stress, from attorneys and advocates who work with trafficked women and children and prostituted women. A number of chapters address the complexity of treating the psychological symptoms resulting from prostitution. Others address the survivor’s need for social supports, substance abuse treatment, peer support and culturally relevant services.


The Natashas, Inside The New Global Sex Trade
By Victor Malarek

About this book:

On the black market, they're the third most profitable com- modity, after illegal weapons and drugs-the only difference being that these goods are human, though to their handlers they are wholly expendable. They are women and girls, some as young as 12, from all over the Eastern bloc, where sinister networks of organized crime have become entrenched in the aftermath of the collapse of Communist regimes. In Israel, they're called Natashas, whether they're actually from Russia, Bosnia, the Czech Republic, or Ukraine, no matter what their real names may be. They're lured into vans and onto airplanes with promises of jobs as waitresses, mod-els, nannies, dishwashers, maids, and dancers. But when they arrive at their destinations, they are stripped of their identifi-cation, and their nightmare begins. They are sold into pros-titution and kept enslaved; those who resist are beaten, raped, and sometimes killed as examples. They often have nowhere to turn; in many cases, the men who should be res- cuing them-from immigration officials to police officers and international peacekeepers-are among their aggressors.


Children in the Game: Child Prostitution, Strategies for Recovery.
By, Ross. A

About this book:

The average age of a child prostitute is only 13 1/2 years old. They come from all walks of life and all income levels. They have been coerced into a life of degradation and humiliation by adults whose only interest in them is the economic profits the child can generate.

For many people the dark side of society is one where no one whishes to walk, and fewer still spend their lives on the streets of a major city, seeking out and rescuing these children.

This book takes the reader into the lives of five child prostitutes. How they arrived "in the game" and what they underwent. While devastating in its realism and shocking in descriptive narration, we gain an insight into the deadly world of children who have been enslaved by predators.


Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution.
By, Joann Raphael

About this book:

For nineteen years, Olivia lived the shadowy life of stripper, streetwalker, and heroin addict on the fringes of society. Leaving a troubled home at age sixteen to land a seemingly glamorous job at a Chicago strip club, she became trapped in a web of prostitution and drug addiction that eventually forced her onto the streets and into a world of hardship at the hands of abusive men. But Olivia, a resourceful, vibrant woman of color, ultimately escaped the prostitution lifestyle and is now director of addiction services at a community counseling program, working to support drug-dependent women. Listening to Olivia is the compelling account of her descent into poverty and abuse together with her hard fought recovery.


Run Away: Diary of a Street Kid
By Evelyn Lau

About this book:

Even as a six-year-old child, Evelyn Lau already knew what she would be in life—a writer. She would spend countless hours in her room writing short stories and poems trying to avoid the suffocating reality surrounding her. At the age of fourteen, forbidden by her strict parents to “waste” any more of her time writing, Evelyn did the only thing she felt she could do—she ran away.

For two years, Lau lived on the streets of Vancouver. For a while she embraced her new life, seduced by the sense of freedom and independence from the pressures of school and family. But like so many others before her, Lau soon fell into a dangerous spiral of drug addiction and prostitution. During her two harrowing years on the street, Lau’s writing ambition never left her; almost obsessively, she kept a written record of her days on the street; this record is Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid.


SomeBody's Daughter
Inside the Toronto/Halifax Pimping Ring
By Phonse Jessome
Book Overview: [Click Here]
About this book:

From the Editors: Most of us are familiar with the words hooker, john and pimp; most of us know that prostitution exists on the streets of every major Canadian city. Somebody's Daughter uncovers what we don't know about prostitution -- and perhaps don't want to know, including what goes on inside the violent underworld known as 'The Game' and who the girls in the tight skirts really are. Phonse Jessome takes us inside the lives of real players, tracing the short careers of several young girls recruited by pimps and describing the anti-pimping efforts of law enforces.


Invisible Chains
By Benjamin Perrin
Book Overview: [Click Here]
About this book:

Based on three-years of research with police officers, social workers and others on the front-lines, the book seeks to expose the problem, inform Canadians and dramatically improve Canada’s response to this hidden national tragedy. Award-winning law professor Benjamin Perrin exposes the tactics of ruthless traffickers, shares compassionate stories of survivors, and makes recommendations for government, law enforcement, companies, parents and average Canadians to end modern-day slavery in our country.


Memoirs of a Sex Trade Survivor
By Anne Bissel

About this book:

For Juliet, the "life", or the world of prostitution, started off as a game. But then the "game" took over. First she became addicted to the fast, constant, easy money, then to turning tricks into "sugar daddies". As Juliet begins to heal from her life as prostituted teen, she meets other sex industry survivors. Their similarities change her perspective on the sex industry for good. For most sexe industry survivors, prostitution is a re-enactment of childhood sexual exploitation. Like Juliet, these women mistankenly believed that prostitution would help them regain the power that had been stolen from them. Ultimately, this decision often proved to be soul-destroying, self-destructive, and for far too many, lethal.
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