This information was gathered from our survey of 300 prostituted women through our social network outreach program. Every couple days over the month of August, we are adding a new stat from our findings to help you better understand the women we are working with. Read the whole series right here on the Free Our Girls blog.
After identifying specific categories under which Free Our Girls planned to observe various information shared on social media by the women currently involved in the commercial sex industry, we also observed a number of interesting facts that did not fall into any pre-defined categories, but we found worth acknowledging.
- 1 survivor of the “Craigslist killer”
- 1 transgendered
- 4 openly talk about being recruited under the age of 18
- 1 military veteran
- 2 openly talk about having been married and divorced previous to their initial recruitment
- 1 has just started running an escort service as her way out of performing services herself
- 1 is a confirmed recovering drug addict, whose pimp was the one who “saved” her and helped her get clean
- 16 have left the sex industry within the last 3 years, yet remain connected through social media to the life and people they once surrounded themselves with
What can this information tell us about the women vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation? That vulnerabilities exist in a wide array of lifestyles and backgrounds. That oftentimes the abuse and exploitation these women currently experience at the hands of their trafficker is STILL a better life than the one they came from. And that the psychological conditioning and emotional bonds built with others while a part of this life are not easily broken, even years after walking away from taking an active part in it.