Should Prostitution Be Legal?

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Alarmingly, there is a growing movement to fully decriminalize prostitution across the Nation. Even Presidential hopeful, Senator Kamala Harris, who has historically supported laws that crack down on trafficking (SESTA and FOSTA), recently stated that she is in favor of decriminalizing prostitution. She is among a growing number of people who mistakenly believe that full-decriminalization will lead to a decrease …

Heavy-hearted over the death of another survivor leader

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My heart has been heavy as I am processing the recent overdose and death of another survivor leader. To be candid, for many years, I silently questioned her conduct based on witnessing some of her tactics and hearing the experiences of women I cared about who were impacted by her organization. I was so frustrated by what I considered poor …

7 WAYS PORN FUELS TRAFFICKING

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WARNING!!!! Content may be triggering to some readers I recognize that many people are affected by porn.  Those who find themselves caught in the throes of addiction, the spouses of those struggling, parents who have discovered their children have been exposed and the people involved in the porn industry, to name a few. This issue is actually very personal to …

It’s been 20 years since I left my exploiter…

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  Today, September 16th, marks 20 years since I left my exploiter and started a new life.  I told his part of my story in my memoir, Scars and Stilettos.  In memory of this special day, I decided to share that exert with you  …   As I sat waiting for my grandmother’s and aunt’s flight to arrive, the Los …

She Finally Called

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This was a portion of my phone conversation with Sarah* when she called the Treasures office. There have been times when we have gone on an outreach on a Friday and a woman we met attends support group on Monday. We love when that happens! But the reality is, for most women, it takes time for them to arrive at …

Top 3 Reasons I Became a Stripper

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I know a woman who started stripping to pay for chemotherapy. Another who began prostituting to pay for medicine for her children.  Teenagers who were convinced by pimps masquerading as boyfriends.  And I know a woman who showed up to an amateur night at a strip club, on a whim with her friends, thinking it would be adventurous and fun.  …

How My Childhood Led Me To Stripping: Buzzfeed Video!

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I still remember the first time I ever publicly shared my story. I became so filled with doubt fear of being judged that I almost didn’t share! Today, I see that even if one person is impacted by me sharing vulnerably about the things I have overcome, it is worth it! Thankful to Buzzfeed for providing a platform for it …

Too Fat To Be A Stripper

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“You’re too fat to be a stripper…” After skimming through the 3,000 comments people have left on the Buzzfeed video of my story so far, this comment and the 5 others like it are the ones that got stuck in my head.  (I know, I know, don’t read the comments!) Not the ones from young girls who were planning to …

She is a Daughter, Mother, Friend, Leader

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91,980,225,000 pornographic videos were viewed on one subscription-based website in 2016 alone. Not only that, but the revenues of the sex and porn industry in the U.S. are bigger than the NFL, NBA and MLB combined. It’s time to face the harsh reality of the sex industry – behind these ‘numbers’. We can no longer glamorize the sex industry and …

Sneak Peak: Scars & Stilettos First Pages

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Hi Friends, Today I  was reminded of exactly why I wrote Scars and Stilettos.  A woman called me in tears after hearing from her granddaughter who had been on the streets. “Grandma, I read that book you sent me from cover to cover and I left.  I finally left. Now I just have one question,” she continued, “What do I …