This section provides testimony from women who are or have been in prostitution.

Wendy Barnes

Prostitution: Under the Grip of a Sociopath Interview of Wendy Barnes by Francine Sporenda Wendy and her daughter Latasha live in Southern California. Wendy works full time as a customer service representative. In her spare time she speaks publicly about her life while being trafficked and her journey out of trafficking and into ‘the real world’. Wendy’s… Read More

Wendy Barnes

Wendy Barnes Two excerpts from Wendy Barnes’ brilliant book “And Life Continues: Sex Trafficking and My Journey to Freedom”, in which she tells the story of how she became a victim of human trafficking, why she was unable to leave the man who enslaved her for fifteen years, and the obstacles she overcame to heal… Read More

Laurin Crosson

Prostitution: Living in the Danger Zone Interview of Laurin Crosson by Francine Sporenda Laurin Crosson is the founder of RockStarr Ministries, a US charitable organization for helping victims of human trafficking. She runs a Safe House for those who want to exit that life. She is a survivor herself, having been trafficked for over twenty years throughout the United States. …

Cathy

Cathy As told to Roseanne Downton. Identifying details have been changed to preserve privacy. “I was born in the 1950s into an ordinary working class family in a city in Yorkshire. I left school with a couple of O levels, landed a pleasant job in a nice little chocolate factory. I didn’t get on with… Read More

Rae Story

Rae Story “It is hard to unravel ten years of prostitution into non fictional coherence. To put all the years of confusion and compromise and cognitive dissonance and bent consent onto a page. One year (this month, as it happens) after my last ever ‘appointment’ with a ‘client’, I am trying to retrace my steps… Read More

Olivia

Olivia “Hey you ‘If a woman CHOOSES to do sex work then she is empowered by sex work and you’re just a SWERF bigot‘ crowd! Yes you! Hi. Listen to me. I am one of those women who is said to be here by choice. No one groomed me into this choice, granted I was underage… Read More

Beth

Beth “My name is Beth, I was a prostitute for five years. I never thought it would happen to me, but debt and almost becoming homeless can drive people to do things they usually wouldn’t do. I had a good understanding with my clients but eventually I got a violent one. I was badly beaten up, raped… Read More

Cynthia Payne

Cynthia Payne “I really hated it… I didn’t go into the business happily. It was to pay my son’s private school fees, his dad didn’t help… All the prostitutes I’ve ever known have got children and that’s why they do it. Marriage is just a form of prostitution. There is a problem now with the… Read More

Rebecca Mott

Rebecca Mott “I speak as a radical exited woman who cannot debate when I see and know of a constant genocide of the prostituted class being made normal. This is a genocide that is made invisible by the sex trade profiteers who will replace the dead or discarded prostituted by yet more vulnerable women and… Read More