is the story of Grizelda Grootboom life of prostitution and her ultimate escape from it all.
Grizelda’s life was dramatically changed when she was gang raped at the age of nine by teenagers in her township. Her story starts there. It is a story about the cycle of poverty, family abandonment, dislocation and survival in the streets of Cape Town. She reveals the seedy and often demonised life of a prostitute; she describes the clubs and beds of the prostitution and drug industry over a twelve-year period.
She moves to Johannesburg at the age of 18 in an attempt to start a new life, but instead she is trafficked on arrival in Yeoville, tied in a room for two weeks and forced to work as a sex slave. What follows is a life of living hand-to-mouth, from one street corner to another, being pimped, being taught how to strip, and acquiring and using a variety of drugs – from buttons, ecstasy and cannabis to cocaine – to sustain herself. She speaks of how her prostitution gains momentum in city strip clubs and the sometimes tragic pregnancies that would follow.
Grizelda’s harrowing tale ends with reconciliation with her family, while raising her six-year-old son. In writing this story she hopes to open a window on the hidden and often misunderstood world of prostitution, thereby raising better awareness and understanding about its harms and the horrors of trafficking and prostitution of women and children, and drug abuse. She hopes to heal and to set an example for others to follow.
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Important courageous book
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 | Review by: Jeremy R
This groundbreaking book by a survivor of abandonment, sexual abuse, trafficking, prostitution and drugs takes us on a journey no one should have to take. The amazing thing is that Grizelda shares her story as well as the start of her healing process, which continues with the publication of this book. Read it to understand what happens to too many young girls in South Africa and other parts of Africa. The resilience of the human spirit will inspire you.
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Fri, 3 Aug 2018 | Review by: Giselle F
I feel honoured to have witnessed Grizelda’s story first hand. Her testimony is powerful and her fight for the future of our children and their safety is movingly desperate and passionate. The fact that she is alive and spreads awareness whenever and wherever she can shows what a true survivor and hero should be striving for, a safe environment for women and children! Her testimony humbled me!
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