This is the true story of Saartjie Baartman, an 18 year old girl who was put on display as a bit of erotic meat in 1810. The story is told by Saartjie herself, in simple language. It is a must-read for all young people living in a world where sexual slavery is still rife. Saartjie tells how she had innocently thought that she was being given an opportunity to see the world, to go and work as a nursery maid in London and Paris, but her dreams were shattered. How did this happen? A British surgeon saw her and decided to take her away from her homeland without permission and display her for money. Why? Because she had a big bum, which to the Cape Town then and the Cape Town of today, is nothing to stare at. But the Europeans came to touch her, poke her and stare at her as she stood for up to 12 hours in a cage in London and then in Paris.
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