“The programs and laws that are being set up now need to have the input of people who understand how trafficking works if they really want to put a stop to this and create safe avenues of exit and recovery for the victims… By getting more survivors involved in the process of setting up these systems, we’re going to be able to make a dent in this horrific epidemic.” Jody Williams, Founder of Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly Prostitutes Anonymous) and Trafficking and Prostitution Services.
How did you become involved working with victims of sex trafficking and prostitution?
I’ll start back when it all started – with me in the sex industry. I say ‘sex industry’ because I was involved not just in prostitution. I was operating as a prostitute, as a dominatrix, in the phone sex industry, pornography, stripping, live sex shows, swinging, sex clubs, and madaming. I had been brought into this by a generational family of pimps who had their other family members and associates all across the United States in many different areas of the sex industry.
I saw firsthand how these illegal businesses would intertwine with legal businesses and so-called legal businessmen. I know how they would bring in medical doctors who would give the women birth control, illegal abortions, treat their STDs – all off the record in exchange for a trade of services between him and the ‘girls’…
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Hi. I am a former sex worker. I found ur site because I’mtrying to find a prostitutes anonymous group in London.I have not worked for about 5 years now but am finding healthy relationships very difficult. I’ve just begun a relationship with an ex heroin addict an I’m feeling familiar feelings in myself taking over. I feel scared my life is going to disappear again. I don’t want to go to counselling via my gp as I don’t want anything to be on record as I have kids and I’m scared I will attract social services. So far I can only find groups in the u.s. please Cud u recommend somewhere I can go. I feel like I’m on bit of white knuckle ride at the moment and I’m quite scared.
Hi Jo, I don’t think there are meetings yet in the UK for prostitutes anonymous. Jody Williams is the founder and I know she runs online meetings. If you can connect online, let me know and I will put you in touch with her. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also there are charities that might be able to help with counselling and I expect this could be done anonymously so it wouldn’t go on your records. Beyond the Streets is one, and they work with numerous projects and charities across the UK. This is their website http://www.beyondthestreets.org.uk. There is also Eaves in London http://www.eavesforwomen.org.uk xx