I love NPR. And one of the 217 reasons why started airing this week, a series about prostitution in Nashville. Once again, it exposes the links between rape, sexual abuse and prostitution. Read on:
Ms. BECCA STEVENS (Founder, Magdalene): I have never met a woman in 20 years coming off the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, who has not been raped. I have never met a woman coming off the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, that, you know, chose prostitution as their preferred career at the age of six, seven, eight and nine. Never met a woman coming off the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, who had a penny to her name. And I never met a woman coming off the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, who hadn’t seen the inside of prison walls, the short side of all the justice we have to offer and the underside of bridges.
And those are girls that started out, you know, a lot of them, you know, maybe it’s a strip club, maybe it’s going as an escort with a doctor. But, you know, the circumstances and some of the choices have led to a really dangerous and hellish lifestyle.