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Author: Rachel Causey

Title: Sex Trafficking through the Survivors' Eyes

Subtitle: The Power of Memoir

Thesis: Honors Thesis, Texas Christian University

Supervisor: Sarah Robbins

Year: May 2014

Pages: v + 70pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century 21st Century | Asian History: Cambodian History; European History: English History | Cases: Victims / Rachel Lloyd, Somaly Mam; Types: Forced Prostitution, Sex Trafficking Victims: Testimony Studies


Link: TCU Digital Repository (Free Access)


Abstract: »As awareness of sex trafficking has grown, so have news reports, documentaries, novels, blogs, and nonprofit organizations aiming to abolish it. However, these accounts largely fail to recognize the most important voice of all—the voices of survivors. Thus, the survivor memoir presents a source of information and perspective desperately needed. In this rhetorical and comparative study on two memoirs written by female survivors of sex trafficking, The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam and Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd, I argue for Mam’s and Lloyd’s effective use of the memoir to create an intimate relationship with the reader and make a compelling call to action. Through careful, powerful portrayals of the survivors’ trauma and by connecting this traumatic experience with the global context of sex trafficking, these two memoirs epitomize the power of the genre to create a compelling call to action that is necessary to any movement of social justice.« (Source: Thesis)


  Abstract (p. iii)
  Acknowledgements (p. iv)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  Chapter One (p. 1)
    What is Sex Trafficking? (p. 3)
    Human Trafficking and Nineteenth-Century Slavery (p. 8)
    Why the Memoir? (p. 10)
    Review of Scholarship on the Memoir Genre (p. 15)
  Chapter Two: It's Personal: Framing the Trauma (p. 18)
    Childhood: Beginning the Exploitation (p. 19)
    Physical Abuse: Creating Submission (p. 22)
    Sexual Exploitation (p. 27)
    Effects of Each Memoir's Rhetoric (p. 32)
  Chapter Three: Connecting to the Global (p. 35)
    Statistics: De-Isolating the Experience (p. 37)
    Qualitative Research: Explaining the Experience (p. 40)
    Stories of Other Victims (p. 43)
    Exposition on Cultural, Historical, Political, and Economic Influences (p. 48)
    From Personal to Global: Their Experience is Still Happening (p. 53)
  Coda (p. 55)
    Connecting the Scholarshiöp (p. 57)
    The Power of Memoir (p. 60)
    Further Research (p. 64)
  Notes (p. 67)
  Bibliography (p. 68)

Wikipedia: Rachel Lloyd, Somaly Mam; Forced prostitution, Sex trafficking