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 …

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 …

You Are Worth It!

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We entered the last strip club of the night to find it packed and buzzing with action. The smell of alcohol and musty, old carpet filled our noses. Although each outreach we go on is unique, a night like this in the club felt very familiar to me. It reminded me of my days working in clubs just like this. …

Have You Ever Felt Trapped?

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Have you ever felt trapped? Have you ever felt like no matter what you did, no matter how many hours you worked or how well you planned, you just could not make ends meet? Then, on top of all that, life happens. Before you know it, life decides to hit you from every angle and you’re just trapped. I’ve been …

Tonight is the Night

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Tonight is the night… we can feel it. I wonder if the women we were about to encounter can feel it too. Can they sense something different in the atmosphere, as they get ready for work? We didn’t know what was going to happen, but we knew it was going to be amazing! There was an overwhelming sense of joy …

Extravagant Love

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With Holiday Cheer in the air and pep in our step, we were excited to hand gifts to the women on the eve of the 13 year anniversary of Treasures Outreach. We piled into our shuttle a bit more snug than usual as we had over 70 beautifully wrapped and exquisitely bowed gift baskets along in tow. An extremely generous …

How I Found Myself Back in the Strip Club

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I thought I would never see the inside of another club…ever. It was just shy of my two-year anniversary of quitting and here I was again.  I sat back and imagined what it was going to be like. Would it shock me? I mean, I was a dancer for almost 13 years.  I felt like I’ve seen it all before, …