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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …