The world knows that prostitution exists, but we tend to ignore it as something unclean and unworthy of notice. The customers are invisible, and the prostitutes are scorned, either seen as drug addicts or individuals desperate for money. Rarely do we stop to consider the reasons women enter into prostitution, and even more rarely do we stop to listen to their stories. This is one woman's tale of her struggle in the world of purchased sex.
Not only is it courageous of Rachel Moran to share her story with the world through this book, it is necessary. Her experience exposes what truly goes on before, during, and after the exchange of money for sexual favors. She brings awareness to how so many females are forced into this seedy world purely to survive, Using her dysfunctional childhood as a prime example. She dispels such myths as "the happy hooker", that prostitutes can easily find help to escape their lives, etc. She dives into even harder topics such as the psychological damage these women suffer from, and the tragic consequences "sex work" can have for many of the women who find themselves trapped within it. Some of the stories are sad, some are violent, some are shocking, and some are just disturbing and indescribable. While they may be hard to get through for many readers, it is necessary in order to understand why societal changes need to be made.
Never fear, this book doesn't stay dark forever, and Moran offers hope at the end that society can progress. She offers suggestions and examples of how governments can be proactive in changing laws surrounding the purchase of sex. Most importantly, she informs readers on how they can enact change in their society. Her blunt, honest, and straightforward manner of writing is not meant to garner sympathy for her plight, even though the reader will still offer it regardless. Instead, it is a cautionary tale of the dangers of the industry, how easy it is to fall into, and how hard it is to climb back out. It is meant to raise awareness, and the more the public is aware of the truth of purchasing sex, the more likely change will happen.
This book will make you cringe, cry, and make you question how society functions. It is hard-hitting, and will stay with you even decades after you read it. In this blogger's humble opinion, it should be required reading for all. For the world cannot change if people remain in the dark about the negative things that pervade it.