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  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    Don't let my 3 stars prevent you from being informed. The author and her mission get well above 5 stars for me. Because of the disturbing subject matter, I can only go as high as 3 for the book. It is written in a very quick/easy-to-read novel-like format without being grossly explicit (enough to understand the severity of the issue, but avoiding unnecessary details.) I really wish goodreads had categories for rating books - there are so many ways to look at a book - it's difficult to give one " Don't let my 3 stars prevent you from being informed. The author and her mission get well above 5 stars for me. Because of the disturbing subject matter, I can only go as high as 3 for the book. It is written in a very quick/easy-to-read novel-like format without being grossly explicit (enough to understand the severity of the issue, but avoiding unnecessary details.) I really wish goodreads had categories for rating books - there are so many ways to look at a book - it's difficult to give one "overall." This is a must-read for anyone interested in knowing what is really going on in regards to missing children, prostitution, pornography and economics. I would not have chosen to read this book because the subject matter is depressing, but the author is local here in Vancouver, WA and a representative of the mission (sharedhope, international www.sharedhope.org ) started by the author spoke at my husband's LIONS Club meeting this past week. Linda is a former congress woman and has really written this book as a "CALL TO ACTION." It was definitely an eye-opener and gave me a completely different outlook on prostitutes and the psychological and manipulative (along with other forms) abuse they undergo to become a prostitute - think of Stockholm Syndrome (Jaycee Dugard and Elizabeth Smart) and you're on the right track - with the average age world-wide starting at 13. I will never look at posters for "missing and exploited children" the same again. It was also very informative as she explained how economics (supply and demand) is the driving force for this ever-growing industry with pimps getting more crafty and brazen and closer to home as the demand increases for ever younger and greater supply - much thanks to internet porn and ignorance. I appreciated that the scope of her mission not only focuses on rescuing and healing the victims, but working to change laws so pimps and johns (buyers) have some accountability as well thru WATA (War Against Trafficking Aliance). It's SHOCKING that johns get away with this in our current system and if it weren't for them, there would be no prostitutes. Linda Smith is beyond admirable as she is courageously fighting an uphill battle (which has been around since the beginning of time - don't forget Judah and Tamar in Genesis) to get to the heart and core/cause of the issue and not just address the effects and victims. It's definitely worth our time to be informed and contribute however we can within our scope of influence.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Kennedy

    A hear-wrenching, sobering look at the realities of America's prostituted children. Through skillful narrative, interwoven with commentary by the author, the book shows the inside of the child prostitution industry from the prospective of the girls. Smith, a former U.s. congresswoman, is founder of Shared Hope International, an organization that fights sex trafficking and commercial sex exploitation. The realistic, thought-provoking book clearly explains the psychological abuse that pimps inflic A hear-wrenching, sobering look at the realities of America's prostituted children. Through skillful narrative, interwoven with commentary by the author, the book shows the inside of the child prostitution industry from the prospective of the girls. Smith, a former U.s. congresswoman, is founder of Shared Hope International, an organization that fights sex trafficking and commercial sex exploitation. The realistic, thought-provoking book clearly explains the psychological abuse that pimps inflict to keep these teen and pre-teen girls working as prostitutes, and touches on the growing lust of the clients that will only make this problem grow worse unless Americans get angry enough to stop it. That is unlikely, with a growing demand for porn. And men who look at porn want increasingly taboo material. Lately that has been child porn. If someone wants to have sex with a 16-year-old girl, it's not that much of a leap to pay for sex with an 11-year-old girl. It's time for the church to get angry about this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leah Good

    How does one go about rating and reviewing a book like this? The subject matter should never be discussed, and yet it must be because evil thrives behind the doors of secrecy. (To clarify, when I say "must," I'm strictly referring to adults. This is not a book or topic for young readers .... and even teens should use discernment about educating themselves.) This is a tough book. My almost 19 year old brother--a manly guy who is well informed on the subject--struggled to read it (he read it before How does one go about rating and reviewing a book like this? The subject matter should never be discussed, and yet it must be because evil thrives behind the doors of secrecy. (To clarify, when I say "must," I'm strictly referring to adults. This is not a book or topic for young readers .... and even teens should use discernment about educating themselves.) This is a tough book. My almost 19 year old brother--a manly guy who is well informed on the subject--struggled to read it (he read it before me). Yet it is valuable. It brings the individual victims of child sex trafficking to life and forced readers to confront the reality that these are not bad girls who choose and want their life, even when they themselves claim to.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danica Page (One Page at a Time)

    A truly gripping heartwrenching read. This book told stories that were tragic and yet the truth. I meant to only read a chapter; I read all night long.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily Miller

    Gut-wrenching, but so necessary to learn and try to understand what our children are facing. Awareness turns into action.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Perez

    "Renting Lacy" is an amazing eye-opener. It addresses prostitution in America through a multitude of perspectives, some of which most wouldn't consider. The stories of people who are forced, or tricked, into the prostitution industry, like those of Star and Lacy, were brought to light. The changes in point-of-view throughout the story put the size and impact of the prostitution industry into perspective for me. It connected the stories of the girls sold as prostitutes with the stories of men "f "Renting Lacy" is an amazing eye-opener. It addresses prostitution in America through a multitude of perspectives, some of which most wouldn't consider. The stories of people who are forced, or tricked, into the prostitution industry, like those of Star and Lacy, were brought to light. The changes in point-of-view throughout the story put the size and impact of the prostitution industry into perspective for me. It connected the stories of the girls sold as prostitutes with the stories of men "feeding" into this industry. In between and after some chapters, the author added commentaries from people who were either victims of prostitution or police officers who specialized in ending prostitution. Most of the time, they contained statistics about how many people are sold annually through prostitution in America, and they revealed the "big picture" to me. This book shed light on a serious problem happening in America in the best way possible.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joelle

    The overall plot of the book is a quite fictitious stereotype-- a sickening trope of the actual reality of these children and young people whose lives are forever altered by others. The dialogue leaves much to be desired, and the tragedy feels so hyped as to be unrealistic. It is intended to shock into action, but the very nature of it being fictitious leads to it being so unrealistic as to evoke a sense of apathy in the reader. That being said, it is a curious look into a staunch Republican's vi The overall plot of the book is a quite fictitious stereotype-- a sickening trope of the actual reality of these children and young people whose lives are forever altered by others. The dialogue leaves much to be desired, and the tragedy feels so hyped as to be unrealistic. It is intended to shock into action, but the very nature of it being fictitious leads to it being so unrealistic as to evoke a sense of apathy in the reader. That being said, it is a curious look into a staunch Republican's views of issues like human trafficking and the prostitution of minors. While it makes many references to religion, virginity, and the things that women/girls are supposed to "want to do," reading beyond that presents a valuable look at the ideas and agendas which are shared across the aisle.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Betty Kuffel

    This book should be required reading for all adults and teens. Children enslaved in prostitution is a common occurrence in the US and around the world. This book opens a door directly into this terrible underworld from which there is little escape. The information is eye-opening and a shocking view into a society where it is as easy to order a child delivered to your hotel room for sex as it is to order a pizza. The book helps those of us unaware of the prevalence of sex trafficking be more vigi This book should be required reading for all adults and teens. Children enslaved in prostitution is a common occurrence in the US and around the world. This book opens a door directly into this terrible underworld from which there is little escape. The information is eye-opening and a shocking view into a society where it is as easy to order a child delivered to your hotel room for sex as it is to order a pizza. The book helps those of us unaware of the prevalence of sex trafficking be more vigilant and able to identify risks and take actions that may save a life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Please read this book - copies available at www.sharedhope.org No, I did not like learning that child sex slavery in the United States is a growing reality. This is an extremely difficult book to read due to the nature of the topic, but if you care about children, the United States, and justice, you must read it. Please read this book - copies available at www.sharedhope.org No, I did not like learning that child sex slavery in the United States is a growing reality. This is an extremely difficult book to read due to the nature of the topic, but if you care about children, the United States, and justice, you must read it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    This is a must read. We must become educated about sex trafficking in this country. We must realize that the "prostitutes" are really the "victims," especially the children who are prostituted. I will not look at the world the same. My preconceptions have been challenged and changed. "Once you know, you cannnot not know." This is a must read. We must become educated about sex trafficking in this country. We must realize that the "prostitutes" are really the "victims," especially the children who are prostituted. I will not look at the world the same. My preconceptions have been challenged and changed. "Once you know, you cannnot not know."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Walsh

    This was a huge we opener for me. The book follows the stories of several victims of domestic sex trafficking while the author gives helpful commentary and insight periodically. I definitely plan on becoming more involved in helping solve this global issue.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Not an easy read but a necessary one. We all need to be educated on the realities of the sex trafficking of minors in THIS country. We must educate people to its existence if we are ever going to be able to stop this horrific practice.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Raw. Unnerving. Completely recommend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Liberto

    “They are America’s children. They’re our neighbors. They’re our children’s classmates. They’re in our very homes. They are our children. We must save them.” — Renting Lacy: A Story of America's Prostituted Children by Linda Smith, Cindy Coloma I’ve heard it said that in order to reach a reader’s heart one must use story. In Renting Lacy A Story of America’s Prostituted Children Congresswoman Linda Smith informs the reader with the facts of sex trafficking while leading him through the gruesome l “They are America’s children. They’re our neighbors. They’re our children’s classmates. They’re in our very homes. They are our children. We must save them.” — Renting Lacy: A Story of America's Prostituted Children by Linda Smith, Cindy Coloma I’ve heard it said that in order to reach a reader’s heart one must use story. In Renting Lacy A Story of America’s Prostituted Children Congresswoman Linda Smith informs the reader with the facts of sex trafficking while leading him through the gruesome lives of several victims. One she names “Lacy.” Her compassion for the victims of this business is apparent and her passion to help them becomes clear as she states all that her organization Shared Hope International does to stop it. The book includes the laws made to help protect the children sometimes as young as 11 or 12 from becoming enslaved in this business. To helping decriminalize the victim when they are found by law enforcement. A good deal of the misidentification comes from people who think that these young girls and boys deserve or want to be abused and used as sex slaves. When the truth is that they are targeted and picked off the street by men who hope to make a profit. In the glossary Ms. Smith provides the terms used in trafficking. The ‘ trafficker’ or ‘pimp’ is given to the person looking to sell girls. They look for kids from broken homes, abusive families or even online. They lure these adolescent children with gifts, promises to fulfill their dreams or even take them to abuse them and drug them repeatedly. Part of the process they use to keep them dependent is similar to a hostage situation where they break them down through intervals of “love” and abuse. Until the child can no longer go back home or stop doing what her handler wants her to do. These kids learn at an early age to do what they are told to do through abuse and the pattern continues when they are “groomed” by their pimp. In the book, Ms. Smith states “The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that each year at least 100,000 children are the human products meeting the demand of the sex trafficking industry in the U.S. alone. Around the world, more than one million children are subjected to human trafficking for sex or porn. The industry is estimated to bring in $ 9.5 billion annually.” The statistics are too high for you and I to turn our attention away from this very real problem in our country. What can we do to help? Ms. Smith outlines specific directives she and her organization are using to help eradicate sex slavery in our country today. She offers hope for the reader as we see her “victims” find help in various agencies and a way back to living healthy productive safe lives away from their abductors. This book for purposes of alerting the reader to the dangers of trafficking is not intended for a young person. Strong language and sexual terminology are used throughout the book. It’s a difficult book to read but necessary

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fred Dameron

    This is a very easy read. Told as a story of Star and Lacey, composite characters who tell the story of America's prostituted children. Now as composite characters they tell the real story. It is raw, but a quick read. Between each scene as Star moves into the life and Lacy heads to end of the life there are references from judges, politicians, cops and social workers who are trying to end this scourge that is running across America. This work was written 10 years ago and everything is still the This is a very easy read. Told as a story of Star and Lacey, composite characters who tell the story of America's prostituted children. Now as composite characters they tell the real story. It is raw, but a quick read. Between each scene as Star moves into the life and Lacy heads to end of the life there are references from judges, politicians, cops and social workers who are trying to end this scourge that is running across America. This work was written 10 years ago and everything is still the same. Most states and law enforcement see prostitution as the girls fault. The johns are not at fault, but the johns are the demand. Where there is demand for underage sex this demand will be supplied. The supply will come from girls who aren't popular, disconnected from family, distressed and as a last resort straight up kidnapping of our children. They will be repeatedly raped and broken, they will be sold or rented to pimps in other cities beside where they originally came from, and they will be constantly raped by the Johns. Why are girls who are under aged being treated as adults? Why are there so few beds available for young girls to be sent to for psychiatric help that they need? Why does the U.S. Blame girls who were brought into the life at 12 as adults and leave them with a criminal recorded, when the John she was arrested with is let go and NOT charged as a pediophiel? If the girl is in the missing and exploited data base with an age lower than 18 why is the John in most cases given a warning and let go? There are a hundred more questions that can be asked and this work does give a person outside resources to help answer them. But as I said after 10 years from publishing the system still gives old white men, most of the Johns who use prostitutes, a break with John School and a clean record. DOn't believe me look at Robert Kraft and what happened in Florida two years ago. This is why this work is important. These girls are still being used, they are still little girls who should be looking for their first kiss not their 10th sex act of the night. They need our help and we need to change the laws to actually help and protect these children. Read the work and the end notes. It will only take a day or two.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maggi

    A very hard book to read, but oh so important. Sex trafficking is happening in America, in our own backyards. Told in novel form, Linda Smith does a great job of sharing real life stories of the victims, their family members, the pimps who sell them, and the advocates who fight to save them while also weaving in commentaries about the truth of human trafficking: where does it happen? Who are the victims? Why don't they run away? Wouldn't it be better to just lower the age of consent? What kind o A very hard book to read, but oh so important. Sex trafficking is happening in America, in our own backyards. Told in novel form, Linda Smith does a great job of sharing real life stories of the victims, their family members, the pimps who sell them, and the advocates who fight to save them while also weaving in commentaries about the truth of human trafficking: where does it happen? Who are the victims? Why don't they run away? Wouldn't it be better to just lower the age of consent? What kind of men buy and sell children? While not a lengthy book, it took me a while to get through it. I had to keep putting it down because even with everything I know about the issue human trafficking, the details were sometimes hard to stomach. A must read for everyone who wants to learn about human trafficking. Stop thinking you know about human trafficking because of fear-mongering posts you see on Facebook warning you of sex traffickers at Walmart or Target. Find out what human trafficking really looks like.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monica Willyard Moen

    This book is the culmination of an extensive research project showing that there is child sex trafficking in most American cities as well as some smaller towns. I think this is a hard truth for most of us to accept. There are hundreds of thousands of children who are being trafficked each year, and this book shows us several things we can do about it, no matter our station in society or economic bracket. I have heard people say that prostitution is a victimless crime that should be legalized. Th This book is the culmination of an extensive research project showing that there is child sex trafficking in most American cities as well as some smaller towns. I think this is a hard truth for most of us to accept. There are hundreds of thousands of children who are being trafficked each year, and this book shows us several things we can do about it, no matter our station in society or economic bracket. I have heard people say that prostitution is a victimless crime that should be legalized. This book emphatically refutes that, especially when the children providing sex are under age and are often dealing with coercion. For those of us who are Christians, we must not turn away from this. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to reach out to these children with kindness, encouragement, and practical help. This won’t go away on its own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    For those who are interested in the true state of affairs regarding sexual trafficking within the US by exploiting children 12-14 years of age who are US citizens, then this is the book for you. As part of my volunteer activity for my church, I have become interested in helping rescue those who are doomed to this life and further study has definitely been eye-opening since attending an all day workshop at my church called Eyes Wide Open. This is a world-wide problem but one that hits close to ho For those who are interested in the true state of affairs regarding sexual trafficking within the US by exploiting children 12-14 years of age who are US citizens, then this is the book for you. As part of my volunteer activity for my church, I have become interested in helping rescue those who are doomed to this life and further study has definitely been eye-opening since attending an all day workshop at my church called Eyes Wide Open. This is a world-wide problem but one that hits close to home since I live in the #3 county in the State of Florida for perpetuating human sexual trafficking. I strongly recommend reading this book since it's happening everywhere in this country, even in small towns.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eileen O'Finlan

    This is a very important book. If you think human trafficking doesn't happen in the U.S. read this book. If you think most prostitutes chose their life or have any control over what happens to them, read this book. You will be surprised. Renting Lacy explains in explicit detail how children are lured away by pimps, then conditioned and brainwashed through torture and mind games to be totally compliant and loyal to their pimps. Every parent should read this book. Make your kids aware. Keep your k This is a very important book. If you think human trafficking doesn't happen in the U.S. read this book. If you think most prostitutes chose their life or have any control over what happens to them, read this book. You will be surprised. Renting Lacy explains in explicit detail how children are lured away by pimps, then conditioned and brainwashed through torture and mind games to be totally compliant and loyal to their pimps. Every parent should read this book. Make your kids aware. Keep your kids safe.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    This book is filled with extremely hard material to stomach. There is no type of “sugar coating” to this book, which I felt was necessary to correctly depict the terrifying topic at hand. The book is filled with multiple storylines to portray the different positions people hold in trafficking. This is raw and uncut material, eye opening, and disturbing. This sparks interest in me to do more research and see how not just the world, but the United States specifically, is working to defeat traffick This book is filled with extremely hard material to stomach. There is no type of “sugar coating” to this book, which I felt was necessary to correctly depict the terrifying topic at hand. The book is filled with multiple storylines to portray the different positions people hold in trafficking. This is raw and uncut material, eye opening, and disturbing. This sparks interest in me to do more research and see how not just the world, but the United States specifically, is working to defeat trafficking.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    An effective tool for introducing someone to the issue of child sex trafficking. Not overly/unnecessarily explicit but detailed enough to give a new reader a foundational understanding. Those who are well acquainted with the issue may not learn anything new or ground-breaking, but it is an effective refresher with useful sources and recommendations. I really appreciate all the author is trying to accomplish through this work!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I feel a deep sense of grief as I finish this book. This book is filled with facts, a discussion guide, and additional resources for the reader to gain a better understanding. It also tells the story of young women that are trafficked. Why it is so hard for them to leave the life. How difficult it is to provide care and help for these women. Also, to me, it shines some light exactly where it belongs, on the johns. "Every little girl - no matter if she's 10 or 25, 30 or 50 - is worth saving." I feel a deep sense of grief as I finish this book. This book is filled with facts, a discussion guide, and additional resources for the reader to gain a better understanding. It also tells the story of young women that are trafficked. Why it is so hard for them to leave the life. How difficult it is to provide care and help for these women. Also, to me, it shines some light exactly where it belongs, on the johns. "Every little girl - no matter if she's 10 or 25, 30 or 50 - is worth saving."

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Coles

    It is impossible to fathom what it’s like to be a victim of sex trafficking if you have not lived it, but this book answers questions so many people have about sex trafficking, including why victims don’t leave their pimps. It paints a picture of “the life” through the eyes of several girls controlled by the same trafficker and makes a clear case for prosecuting buyers and not victims. While some of it is out of date, it still holds up as a great resource for understanding this crime.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    My review of this book This book was written very well. It tells you how the pumps select the girls, how they groom them, how they manipulate them brainwash them. This book was an eye opener for me .I had no idea... How very sad that the world has become so depraved. And the victims just keep getting younger and younger. There should be stricter penalties for the perp.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Hong

    I will not forget the stories of Lacy and Star who were forced into the underworld of the commercial sex trade in Las Vegas. The story takes you into the underside of this horrific life and what these girls have to endure. You cannot unknow what you know. It's a call to action that hit me in the gut. I will not forget the stories of Lacy and Star who were forced into the underworld of the commercial sex trade in Las Vegas. The story takes you into the underside of this horrific life and what these girls have to endure. You cannot unknow what you know. It's a call to action that hit me in the gut.

  26. 5 out of 5

    R.

    A very disturbing read. I find it hard to imagine that this world described in the book exists to the extent as shown. Congresswoman Smith saw a problem so horrifying that she changed her whole life to address it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Green

    Very informative book about the horrors of modern day slavery. This book will make you scared for our children, mad that demands are what keep the industry alive, and angry enough to join the thousands of people who fight human trafficking on a daily basis.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    A very hard but absolutely necessary read. Thoughtfully written with the intent by the author of engaging the reader in the battle against the prostitution of America's children. I encourage anyone to read this and then get into the fight! A very hard but absolutely necessary read. Thoughtfully written with the intent by the author of engaging the reader in the battle against the prostitution of America's children. I encourage anyone to read this and then get into the fight!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    A tough read but a necessary story. This is such a huge problem and I’m shocked I’m only just learning about it. This isn’t an example of great writing but it is absolutely imperative that we use stories like these to educate ourselves.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    This book was SO eye opening and heart breaking. I highly recommend for everyone, we must all truly understand what is going on in our country. But especially if you feel called to help in some way.

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