Because She Matters
P.O. Box 9704
Phoenix, AZ 85068
CONTACT: Nancy Todd
Phone (480) 297-5810
March 26, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Support Group Forms for Loved Ones of Phoenix Sex Workers
PHOENIX, AZ – With pornography and child prostitution growing rapidly here in the Phoenix metro area and across the United States, a local organization has launched a support group to help families of sex workers.
Because She Matters will meet the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 6060 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix. Each meeting will feature a brief presentation, discussion and networking. The speaker on April 5 will be Tracy C., a recovering addict who exited the sex industry with the help of the Dignity Program, a Catholic Charities-supported group that specializes in helping women exploited into prostitution. Dignity's year-long program allowed Tracy to help rebuild her life. Listen to her inspiring story as she talks about how her family helped to support her emotionally. With almost three years out of the sex trade, Tracy now attends college and works with others who struggle to leave the sex industry.
Prostitution is a violent occupation. The average age of death for a prostitute is 34, according to industry statistics, and the Journal of Epidemiology reports that prostitutes suffer a workplace homicide rate 51 times higher than the next most dangerous job—working in a liquor store. The Phoenix Police Department reports the Phoenix metro area has become a major hub for young prostitutes. Detectives believe cash is the main motivation behind the recruitment of younger girls, as they command higher payments from sex buyers.
Relatives and friends of porn actors, strippers and prostitutes face many difficulties as they struggle to understand their loved ones’ choices. Until now, there have been no organized support groups for these secondary victims of a lucrative business that exists mainly in the shadows. Because She Matters will offer support and resources for the families of those caught in the sex industry, no matter in which segment of the sex industry they work.
Because She Matters was founded in 2009 by Nancy Todd to help sex workers who wanted to exit the sex industry and to offer support for their families. Ms. Todd holds a Masters in sociology and has decades of experience working with this at-risk group. Because She Matters is not associated with any religious organization and has no political affiliations or opinions regarding the legality of sex work. For more information please call (602) 480-297-5810 or visit www.becauseshematters.blogspot.com
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