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 …

As Much As I Love Motorhomes

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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 …

The Truth About Hope

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Whether we are dealing with grief, loss, broken relationships, or the realities of injustice today, we often find ourselves facing a gap between the reality of our circumstances and our expectations of the way things should be. Harmony shares insights from her own experiences with disappointment that will help you discover the truth about hope and how to maintain it through difficult …

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 …

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 …

Be A Part Of Her Story

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Leaving is hard, staying out is harder. 89% of women in the sex industry said they want to escape, but see no other means of survival. Even for those who do leave, most end up going right back. Whether it is dealing with the impact of trauma in their lives, a lack of employable job skills and work experience, financial …

Breaking News: Backpage.com Adult Classified Section Shuts Down

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Due to overwhelming pressure from members of Congress, Backpage executives shut down the “adult” classifieds section of its website. This news comes after a US Senate investigation issued a report which contained overwhelming evidence that Backpage.com concealed advertisements for prostitution and the selling of children for sex. Polaris, an anti-human trafficking and research organization praised the move in a statement …