Friday, January 23 2015
You can fill in who “they” are and what you want them to do - endlessly. For CASH, they are commercially sexually exploited adult women and prostitution is what many would like to see stop. Why, so many wonder, don’t women don’t just leave "the life" in favor of something that is better, healthier?
Unfortunately, it really isn’t that simple. There are reasons for starting and barriers to leaving this life. The visible pattern of prostitution or drug abuse is only part of the story. A more complete story includes grief and loss, trauma and strength. It includes being OK with “the life” and hating it. It involves choice and coercion, violence and friendships made on the street. At CASH, we watch women navigate this harsh place. We see them work to stay connected to their families and their community – even though their daily struggles are very real. We’re pretty sure we can learn from women with so much fight. Click on the title to continue reading.