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Pimped

The Shocking True Story of The Girl Sold for Sex by Her Best Friend
Narrated by: Emma Swan
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

By the age of 13, vulnerable Sheffield teenager Samantha Owens had fallen through the cracks in the care system. Bounced around numerous foster carers after her home life became too chaotic, Samantha thought she had found a friend in the streetwise Amanda Spencer. The older girl bought her clothes, styled her hair and found her places to stay. Samantha's welfare was the last thing on Spencer's mind, however, as in reality she was grooming the young girl for exploitation of the worst possible kind. 

Over the course of the next few months, Samantha was plied with alcohol and drugs and pimped out to over 50 men for Spencer's gain. Raped, abused and with no chance of escape, Samantha was at the mercy of the calculating, ruthless and intimidating Spencer. It took a police investigation of two years to bring her and a small gang of cohorts to justice, and in 2014, Spencer was jailed for 12 years. With her abusers in jail and Samantha bravely rebuilding her life, her shocking story is a stark warning to those who believe child sexual abuse follows any set pattern.

©2019 Samantha Owens (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Enjoyed it but it was hard to listen too as a pare

I am a retired London Cop with a lot of experience with child abuse etc. It never ceases to sadden me these type of stories. Why oh Why can parents or others see what's going on eh....

So Glad to hear the outcome. I found this book after reading a BBC News article on the case. Stick with it and then make sure you watch your kids.

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Fantastic :-) :-) :-) :-) !!!

What an amazing book.
worth the credit .
in depth .
narrator very clearly spoken.
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Brilliant

This no holds barred account of child abuse survival is both shocking and honest
I cried and smiled and seethed and felt rage
It was a rollercoaster of emotion
Just brilliant

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Excellent

One one of the best books I have listened to

Living close to the areas that are mentioned in the book i can relate 😢

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Broke my heart

Really enjoyed it & couldn't put it down...
My heart went out to all victims.. Made me want to do something.
So brave ❤️❤️

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A fantastic read

This was a superb book. Sad in parts, but the ending was amazing! So happy for Samantha, I'd highly recommend this book to everyone, A great read!

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Pimped - True story

Absolutely captivating from start to finish
brilliantly narrate
Brave girls & their ordeal endured throughout




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Fantastic if sad book

Very compelling book. Shows how people maybe not with the best start in life can end up becoming vulnerable and easy targets for nasty people. Samantha is such an inresting person and you really like her. Highly recommended and the narrator is great too.

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Beautifully read tragic story

What a sad story this is. The presentation of the book is beautiful, the reader gives the story to the listener with such real emotion.

I am so sad that your childhood was the way it was and equally delighted for you and your little family that you ended with happiness.

I cried many times listening to this. Thankfully, the last tears I shed for you were happy ones.

Well done on turning your life around.

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Emotional

Brilliantly read by the narrator. I couldn't stop listening. Highly recommend if you like true life stories. Powerful and emotional with a happy ending.

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  • 28-04-19

sad life...but good read.

This is very touching...my heart broke for this young girl. She seemed so alone and desperate with no one to help her.

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  • BookBugg
  • 24-12-19

Heart-wrenching Account of a Childhood Lost

I work in community health. This story is not new, but nonetheless a stirring 1st person account of a child in a dysfunctional family, the tragic journey and eventual making of a new family. I loved the book and narrator.

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  • Kristen
  • 31-10-19

Mouth full

While this was a great book, incredible details and a captivating story, the narrator at times sounded like she was drooling almost. As if she had a mouth full of gum or needed to spit. At times It was a bit too much