75% of women in prostitution have been victims of childhood sexual and physical abuse
More than half of women in prostitution have been raped and/or seriously sexually assaulted
68% of women in prostitution meet the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the same range as torture victims and combat veterans undergoing treatment
There are countless stories from women who felt they had no other choice...
"From a young age…I’ve been hardened to it. When I first started doing it, I cried my eyes out every day and just scrubbed myself in bleach…I felt like I’d been raped…it really screwed my mind up….you become hardened in your heart and your soul to it…this is when you get the hatred for the men…Sometimes I really hate it.”
“I don’t know how I’m going to stop and have a normal relationship…I’ve slept with…I can’t even remember how many guys I’ve slept with…billions and billions…It’s a lot of people you’ve seen and it’s soul destroying to do it. But now, it’s all I know and I can’t stop it. Even if I won the lottery, I wouldn’t stop it.”
"When you’re doing prostitution…you’ve got to have tremendous defenses. You’ve just got to turn off…Drugs or willpower, you’ve got to cut yourself off somehow"