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In the Booth with Ruth – Christine McDonald, Author & Prostitution Survivor

April 23, 2013 // 3 Comments

I have no writing background. I read somewhere that you should write about what you know, so I took that and ran with it. I started typing notes on my book, Cry Purple, a few years ago in college, but I recently lost my job and found myself back in the world seeking work and finding my past once again being a barrier for employment. I also had my newfound...

In the Booth with Ruth – Jacqueline S. Homan, Author

April 17, 2013 // 6 Comments

What inspired me to write in the first place is that I am a marginalized woman—from deep inter-generational poverty, and I am also an exited woman who escaped sexual exploitation as a homeless orphaned teen. Like so many other poor and marginalized exited women, my voice and real lived experiences are never heard. So I decided to do my best to change that, because words not only convey thoughts they create fact. Very few truly understand what it is to be shoved aside and erased and left for dead more than destitute exited women with nothing, no family, no avenue of legal remedy, and no support network—not even any welfare or medical care.

In the Booth with Ruth – Maria, Prostitution Survivor

April 16, 2013 // 10 Comments

When I was fifteen, I went to see my friend who’d moved in with her sister. I was thrown out of the house, and found myself in Piccadilly, Manchester where I met gypsies. The police put me in this hostel. There was about one hundred and ninety women in there. I was petrified. I didn’t know what to do. I ended up losing my virginity to a lorry driver for five...

In the Booth with Ruth – Jackie Summerford, Mother of Bonnie Barratt Murdered at 24 Years Old in the Sex Trade

April 5, 2013 // 8 Comments

Bonnie’s killer was a regular to all of them. He’d been rough with some of them and they’d stopped going to his flat. If there was the Merseyside model, he might have been reported to the police before. In May 2007, one of the girls was in his flat and from when she got in, she knew something was wrong with him; she didn’t feel right. She waited for him to go to the bathroom and she shot out of the street door. She never went back after...

In the Booth with Ruth – Andrew Boff, Conservative Member of the London Assembly

April 4, 2013 // 6 Comments

Some sex workers in London feel that when they report crimes, police focus on their crimes related to sex work – such as having a ‘brothel’ - over the crimes they originally reported against them. I have seen several cases like this in London. As a result of this belief in the sex industry, sex workers have told me they feel that they cannot safely report crime to the police...

In the Booth with Ruth – Jayne Rogers, Community Mental Health Team Leader

March 27, 2013 // 12 Comments

I come from a perspective of working in mental health; there is a long history of women with mental health problems being violently sexually abused and forced into prostitution by pimps. The police are generally of very little help and appear to think that abuses should be managed by services operating safeguarding policies to protect the vulnerable. Of course this means that women do not receive a service...

Cry for the Merseyside Model: Crimes Against People in Prostitution/Sex Workers Must Be Treated As Hate Crimes UK Wide

March 4, 2013 // 33 Comments

These very real women photographed above are dead. They were murdered, and most of their cases remain unsolved. Women in prostitution suffer higher rates of murder [the mortality rate for women in prostitution in London is twelve times the national average - Home Office 2004a], higher rates of rape [more than half have been raped and/or seriously...