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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 …

This is What Happened to the 1st Woman Who Contacted Treasures!

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  Rejected. Dysfunctional. Empty.   These were the very real words that Amber* used to describe her life and the way she felt in 2003.   “No matter how much money I made, I still felt empty and unsatisfied. I thought that the ‘glamorous’ lifestyle would make me feel better about myself, but stripping only made me feel even more worthless.” …

Scars and Stilettos: The first pages

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For those of you who haven’t read it, I am sharing the first few pages of my memoir, Scars and Stilettos. It took me 7 years, several writing classes and at least 3 complete re-writes to write this book!  Hearing the stories of women (and youth) who have been inspired to escape unhealthy relationships or walk away from the sex industry/the life …

I AM NOT MY STORY

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I AM NOT MY STORY by Jessika Fuhrmaneck   “Your story matters.” At Treasures, we say this often and it is true. Our stories are what inspire others and bring them hope to keep moving on when they don’t have an ounce of strength left. More than once I have been able to put one foot in front of the other …

Are you judging me for working here?

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Our time in the South Bay last weekend was wonderful!  Many of the Treasures team were old faces who had returned after some time.  It was a reunion of relationships, which strengthened the already unified vision of our team to love the women working in the South Bay clubs through gifts.  Every club received us, and 132 gifts later, 132 …

Called Back for Good

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Called Back for Good by Monique Calderon Isn’t it crazy when that one thing—the one thing you thought would surely be your demise—ends up being the very thing that God uses for good? I’m an Angelino through and through, so I was in great anticipation of being a part of the Downtown LA outreach because this is my city, these …

What’s Next? : Strip Club Outreach Update

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What’s Next? by Lindsay Hall “So what happens now?” The beautiful, young woman was eager, even desperate, for direction.  The gift she had just received from Treasures was clearly a welcomed sign of something she had been waiting for.  The Treasures volunteer told her about the website which offered a host of resources that were available to this woman.  She …

Transformation : Treasures Value #4

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Transformation Treasures Value #4   “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela   We are passionate about equipping women on the journey from survivor, to overcomer, to liberator*. We are driven to not only see them overcome the pain …

LET’S CELEBRATE MOTHERS!

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Anna* was worried about raising her infant son Blake*. She had survived a traumatic life, much of it at the hands of men. The love for her son was obvious, but so was her confusion. How would she raise a boy? After all, one day he would become a man! Over the next few months, I watched Anna grow and …

Taking Back Ground: My 1st Time back in Strip Clubs in Seven Years!

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Taking Back Ground: My 1st Time back in Strip Clubs in Seven Years! by Jessika Seven years ago I walked out of the club where I was dancing and I never went back.  I had been in and out of clubs for twelve years.  Treasures’ first outreach, 10 years ago, was at that very club.  I may well have been …