This section provides testimony from women who are, or have been, in prostitution.
Note: If you’ve been in the sex trade, or have been affected by it in other less direct ways, and would like to share your story, we’d love to hear from you.
See also: #MeToo stories of the sex trade.
Mia De Faoite Mia de Faoite is an activist and survivor of prostitution. She campaigned tirelessly for the introduction of the Nordic Model law in the Republic of Ireland. (The photo shows her holding a copy of the Act that implemented it.) On the 27th March 2017, the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 was… Read More
Roslyn Hamilton Whether on a street corner approaching men in cars, or being on call attending men’s homes/hotel rooms, there is no scenario in which a punter is safe to be with. Just because he doesn’t beat you to a pulp doesn’t mean he is less of a threat. There is an immediate power imbalance… Read More
Alice Glass “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
Alice Glass in Conversation with Laura, Chelsea, Alisa & Rebecca “We must listen to Sex Worker’s Voices” It is a rallying cry I have heard countless times in the last few years. It is one of the most prolific and popular phrases currently in use in relation to prostitution, so much so that it is… Read More
Anonymous If you imagine a situation to be inescapable you do whatever you can to make that situation agreeable. Coming to accommodate misery, in this way, is an insidious process. With specific regards to prostitution, if those who enter it have for years previous been emotionally or socially neglected, treated with ambivalence or indifference, and/or… Read More
Ella Zorra “When I don’t eat I am slyly aiming for suicide. When I smoke a gram of cocaine on my own I think how nice it would be to feel high when I die. When I drink so much I hit my head and wake up with no memory, oblivion is at the back… Read More
Prostitution: Under the Grip of a Sociopath Interview with 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 hope… Read More
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
Prostitution: Living in the Danger Zone Interview with 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 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
Olivia Olivia writes from New Zealand, where the sex trade is fully decriminalised. | Traduction Française “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… Read More
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 “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 “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