A blog for those walking away from a life of sex work and for
the families of those not fortunate enough to walk away.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ecuadorian Refugees Turn to Prositution to Survive

About a decade ago, I spent two weeks in Ecuador. Back then, American Airlines offered getaway packages that included hotel and flights. My traveling companion, Claudia, who spoke excellent Spanish, and I stayed in a hotel near the red-light district in Quito.

Each night at dusk she and I walked from our hotel to the nearby restaurants and directly through the red-light district. As young men in small cars circled the block, honking their horns and yelling out car windows at the women, the gals who worked the streets would greet us politely as we strolled by.

One night a little later than usual we walked by and the parade was thick and decidedly fever-pitched. One carload of men began yelling at Claudia and me. Several of the sex workers yelled to the men in that car in Spanish, "You leave the senoritas alone!" Claudia and I felt such a strong allegiance and bond with these nameless women who were watching out for their U.S. "sisters." 

Today, I read that prostitution is getting worse in Ecuador. Read the link to learn how Colombian women fleeing violence in their homeland are forced into sex work to survive.

So often we look at sex work as a choice that women make. I can tell you this, no little girl wakes up one morning and says, "I think I'll sell my body." 

We must remember that for the majority of the millions of women engaged in the industry worldwide, they have few choices. We have a voice and it is our responsibility to use it for social justice for all.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Because She Matters Joins Facebook

We joined Facebook today to further carry our message that family members can find support despite the circumstances in their lives.

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Next Support Group for Families of Sex Workers or Prostitutes Meets May 3, 2012

Our support group for families of sex workers or those who have lost loved ones to the sex industry meets the first Thursday in May at 6060 N. 7th Ave., Activities Center, Phoenix, AZ. For more information call (480) 297-5810 or email becauseshematters(at)gmail.com

We are still finalizing a speaker who will briefly address our participants, followed by talk and support. We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Need a Speaker on the Topic of Sex Trafficking?

While we focus on helping the families of sex workers, if you would like a speaker to address the important issue of the sex industry or sex trafficking and resources that can help both the workers and their families, feel free to contact me at becauseshematters(at)gmail.com

We're happy to work with you on a presentation.

Friday, April 6, 2012

First Support Group Meeting for Families of Sex Workers a Success!

Because She Matters held our first meeting Thursday, April 5. We had a wonderful speaker, Tracy C., a former sex worker who exited the industry with the help of the Dignity program's year long residential treatment for sex workers here in Phoenix.

Tracy focused on the importance of the support she received in her recovery from her family and from those helping her with her substance abuse issue. Tracy has almost three years out of the industry and now attends college (she's a straight-A student!). She plans to become a speech therapist. Tracy proves that there is a full life after the sex industry.

Channel 12 came and shot some footage (and was very respectful of our "no face" request!). A big shout out to Channel 12 for their support and for understanding the gravity of this problem in the Phoenix area.

We meet the 1st Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm at 6060 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, in the Activities Center on the southwest corner of the Bethany Bible Church campus. We are not affiliated with any religious organization, but do thank Bethany Bible Church's staff for supporting us with meeting space.

Next month we will have another speaker followed by introductions of attendees and talk. Please join us for this important event. If you or someone you love is or was in the sex industry, this is an important event for you.

Your life can improve with support. We hope to see you there on May 3rd, 2012.