FOREWORD BY ALLISON
There is a saying"whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,"and I believe that to be true.
I was very fortunate to be able to walk away, build a new life and not end up a statistic. The time I spent in the "game" ultimately changed my life, the way I view the world, and more importantly my soul.
Many believed I should never have ended up there. I wasn’t considered a typical case. My family did not see it coming. Though I believe there are typical cases, no child is an exception in the minds of the predators that lie in wait to recruit them.
There is no way to describe how it feels to sell yourself to anybody that wants you. Nobody could have told me that, no matter how many hours a night I stood in the shower crying, I would never be able wash away the feeling of hands touching me or the sweat of the last drunken date. I even thought that if I could wear my Walkman as I turned a trick, it would help to drown out the sounds of each new man or allow me to forget where I was just for the length of the next song.
Ultimately, it was a wire cord wrapped around my neck as my blood and what was left of my life slipped away that made me determined to hang on and fight. It was at that moment I became committed to escaping the abuse and building a new life.
The first interview I did for this research captured my pain and devastation of being on the street. The second interview was more important because it concentrated on the struggle and internal battle to stay off the street and out of this lifestyle. The process of coming off and staying off the street is crucial in saving the lives and souls of the many, many children and adults who are prisoner to the "game".
The time between the first and second interview has been an incredible journey. I have reached heights of success that I never would have believed possible such as: raising two wonderful children, graduating from high school and college, having a wonderful career and finally a chance to heal from the pain and abuse. My greatest lesson is that I now believe that dreams are possible and goals achievable.
I am very grateful to be a part of this research. I believe in the ability of every victim of prostitution to be able to rise above the abuse, and with the right tools to help them, achieve and soar into a new future!
 Allison was a participant in the "The Youngest Profession – The Oldest Oppression" research study as well as "Strolling Away".
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