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In the Booth with Ruth – Tracey Helton, Writer

September 29, 2014 // 4 Comments

Because of the documentary Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street, I felt as if people had all sorts of ideas of who I was without asking me. I like to write my own narrative. I have been branching out lately and doing more journalistic pieces. This is a new genre for me. Very exciting stuff.

“I Have A Dream… If MLK could see us now” by Jes Richardson

January 20, 2014 // 3 Comments

"What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of the abolition movement today? What would he think of the movement that uses his name? If he was alive today, I believe he would call out the bitterness and hate. He would call out the injustice of the people. He would speak against the movement that silences the voices from within the sex industry..."

Child trafficking survivor & advocate, David Zimmerman, speaks out about child sex abuse images on Facebook

July 13, 2013 // 10 Comments

Facebook could start by including better options for reporting violations of policy and criminal activity. There could be direct links to appropriate agencies for the range of crimes committed online, from child sexual abuse images and trafficking to cyber stalking and bullying. Facebook could employ a moderator system that allows faster detection and timely responses. There could be an active law enforcement presence...

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 – Aashika N. Damodar, Anti-Human Trafficking Activist, Advocate and Non-Profit Founder

February 26, 2013 // 2 Comments

So many events in my life have culminated to this point: a life dedicated to combating sexual violence and trafficking. When I entered university, I learned about a trafficking case that took place right across from my dormitory at UC Berkeley. Lakireddy, a Berkeley landlord and restaurant owner, came under investigation when a young woman died in one of his apartment buildings. He was convicted for both sex and labor trafficking...