What struck me is that she held in a prison but ofphysical chains but lies, shame and fear. Theresa’s story illustrates well thesame prison and mind games which keep women in the sex industry, may that bepornography, strip clubs or prostitutions- all are forms of exploitation! Inconnection to trafficking; women in the sex industry have been isolated fromtheir families, they live in fear, and do not get to keep most, if any of themoney they make. Homeland Security and Polaris Project define trafficking as: sellingor forced labor or sex of a person through force, fraud or coercion, nomovement is needed.
Boston is thefifth largest city for trafficking.In the city of Boston there are 250 known pimps. On Beacon Street there are 54escort services and these are just the known services. There are more than 30
strip clubs across the state of Massachusetts.
No little girl says, “I want to be a stripper (orprostitute) when I grow up.”
The truth is that 90% of women who work in the sexindustry were sexually abused while under the age of 18. Women who work in the sex industry range in ages from 14 to 62 years old, Ihave seen both. Women are spit on, slapped, have beer thrown on them and are oftenstalked and/or murdered. Who would freelychoose this life?
What of the men who buy sex? In 2013 more than 600women and girls were arrested for prostitution but what about the 600 men whobought them? Hardly ever is a man arrested for buying and even more rarely arepimps arrested. While women most often come from families of poverty or despairor abuse the men are usually high paid professionals. Most men are white,married with two kids.And most buyers are social workers. 
Bringing an end starts with YOU & ME!
What can you do?
- Put the trafficking hotline number in your cell phone: 888-3737-888
- Invite a survivor of trafficking to share their story at your next church orcommunity event. Contact Jasmine Marino.
- Support your local non-profit in their efforts or sponsor their next fundraiser. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Stop watching porn.
- Pray! Pray against exploitation.
- Share this information with the people you know.
Polaris Project, 2013. www.polarisproject.org
The national average is 25-35% of women have been sexually abused.
New Group Targets People Who Solicit Sex While at work. The Seattle Times.Sept. 2015
Rachel Moran her book reading Oct. 1, 2015.