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 …

Strip Clubs and Motor Homes

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One evening in 2003, I found myself sitting in my car across the street from the strip club where I used to work. I felt like I was sitting outside of a prison that had once held me captive. I remembered what it felt like to be a 19-year-old girl in financial despair, who, after experiencing a lifetime of chaos …

Kelly’s childhood was stolen from her…

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Up to 90% of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children. Keep this staggering stat in mind as you continue to read. Kelly* shared a few of her memories from her childhood. I can hear the deep cry of Kelly’s heart longing to be heard, protected and cared for. Kelly’s childhood trauma played a part in her …

365 Days

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As I reminisce about the past 365 days I feel an urgency to write you and share with you what is on my heart. I am someone who is deeply committed to growth, both personally and as the Executive Director of Treasures. The truth is: we live in a microwave culture. We like to see instant results… NOW. But the …

From Sweetheart To Monica

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The year is coming to an end and we urgently need your support to help women like Monica* find freedom. Her name was Sweetheart*. Well, that’s the name she gave to customers. I walked toward her, moving past customers in the congested Los Angeles strip club. When I stretched out my arm and handed her the pink gift, she looked …

The Main Event

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“Where have you ladies been? We’ve missed you!” The club owner shouted, as we walked up with our hands full of pink gifts for the women inside. A year ago, we had visited his club and took the time to be present with him as he inquired about the work that Treasures does. Once he understood that we are a …

It’s a Joy to Love You

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We had no idea what was in store for us on this warm August night. We fueled up with as much caffeine as we could consume and we headed out on one of our longest routes.  Hollywood here we come!! As the night began, many of the team members in the bus were mentioning how “tonight feels different” or they …

Don’t Look Away

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“You may choose to look the other way but you may never say again you didn’t know” -William Wilberforce. When the truth and reality of a matter hits my heart in a significant way, I am moved to action. I cannot look the other direction. The reality of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation is difficult to face, and yet we …

The Magic Sauce

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Have you ever attempted to do something but no matter how many times you stepped up to the plate you struck out? It can be easy to give up when you’ve made so many attempts to succeed and each attempt fails. What is the magic sauce? How is it that some people succeed and others feel like they are spinning …

The Struggle Is Real!

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Have you ever fallen into deep despair? Did you wish that someone would call or text you and let you know that they care? This is where I found myself the day of Outreach. I was so done with life…It took me back to before I left the sex industry, when I felt all alone. As we prepared to leave …