“I survived prostitution by killing all my emotions. I murdered all expressions of pain, grief or confusion. I could not let in the reality of how I was being made sub-human, and was being bought and sold as easy as buying bread. I made myself into a robot, I painted on the Happy Hooker smile.” Rebecca Mott.
Are you thinking about selling sex because you can’t afford to pay your rent or buy food? Maybe you have children and can’t see a way to provide for them. Or maybe you’re just struggling to manage day to day.
Some people may have suggested to you that selling sex could be an answer, or maybe you know of other people who’ve done it. Sometimes people present it as empowering and lucrative but the stories of many, many women who’ve exited prostitution reveal the emotional and psychological harm that it causes, harm like post traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks and dissociative disorders. Many women also struggle with shame and anxiety and are more vulnerable to substance misuse even if they didn’t have a problem before. The physical risks are also very real and many women report instances of threats, verbal abuse and violent assaults.
We don’t believe that any woman should be in a position where she needs to sell sex to survive, and we will do our utmost to help you if that’s your situation. We can give emergency support with food, clothing and toiletries, but we can also support you in moving beyond that kind of short-term provision by helping you look at things like benefits, budgeting, housing, training and employment. We won’t be able to wave a magic wand and change everything overnight but we’ll stand with you and work with you to move beyond the place of desperation you currently find yourself in.
There is hope, and there is a future that lies outside sexual exploitation. If you would like to talk to us in confidence, just call 07393 916650 or email us on [email protected]. To find out what else we do, click on ‘’What we do’ and ‘I want support’.