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My name is Sally (name changed.) I’m a survivor of the commercial sex industry, and I was in the life for probably 15 years. I got out at 30 years old. I’ve been out of the life now for 20 years.
I began working for a survivor organization a little over nine years ago. It started because a young woman was murdered who had been in a group home, and after this young woman was murdered it was revealed that she had been recruited into the commercial sex industry. They know that it was either a pimp or a john that killed her. They still have not solved it.
Q: How did you get involved with working with people who have been commercially exploited?
I have been interested in working with women in the population who are vulnerable. I feel that some people don’t realize the extent of the problem within the world, especially how prevalent it is in our own country, even in our own town. Also, people don’t understand the victims at all, assuming that it was a choice and that they are just simply unwilling to leave. However, it is more complicated than that.
One of the survivors I talked to put the life like this: Imagine the person you love sleeping with you 10 to 20 times a day. Now, imagine them doing the same thing but with another person each time. That is the life of someone in the life.
Q: What do you feel is the best way for those who want to help to get involved?