Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery has already been hailed by activists and educators as a powerful tool for the classroom and beyond.

Here you'll find more information on the three survivors in Breaking Free, statistics on trafficking, author events, a Teacher's Guide for educators to incorporate the book into classrooms, and ways to get involved in the fight to end modern slavery. You can also check out Reviews to see what everyone is saying about Breaking Free, or submit your reaction. Let us know what you've learned from the book and what it means to you.

We hope you'll read Breaking Free and see how the cycle of human trafficking affects us all, and to stop it we must believe in one another and in ourselves.


Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery, by award-winning author Abby Sher, recounts the harrowing stories of three courageous women who survived sexual slavery—Somaly Mam, Minh Dang, and Maria Suarez. These three women could easily have been voiceless victims, lost to the horrors of their own histories. Instead, they not only fought their way out of servitude, they have each become leading advocates and activists in the anti-trafficking movement.

With help from Somaly, Minh, Maria, and many other survivors and counselors, Sher tells the riveting story of what it means to be liberated from sex trafficking and find the trust and conviction to help educate new survivors. Told with breathtaking 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.

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Breaking Free


A Teacher's Guide 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.


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