Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution by Rachel MoranPaid For: My Journey Through Prostitution by Rachel Moran

Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution

byRachel Moran

Paperback | September 14, 2015

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The best work by anyone on prostitution ever, Rachel Moran’s Paid For fuses the memoirist’s lived poignancy with the philosopher’s conceptual sophistication. The result is riveting, compelling, incontestable. Impossible to put down. This book provides all anyone needs to know about the reality of prostitution in moving, insightful prose that engages and disposes of every argument ever raised in its favor.” —Catharine A. MacKinnon, law professor, University of
Michigan and Harvard University
     Born into an unstable family, Rachel Moran left home at the age of fourteen. Being homeless, she became prostituted to survive. With intelligence and empathy, she describes the fears she and others had working on the streets and in the brothels. Moran also speaks to the psychological damage that accompanies prostitution and the estrangement from one’s body. At the age of twenty-two, Moran escaped prostitution. She has since become a writer and an abolitionist activist.
Rachel Moran is the founder of the organization SPACE International (Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment). She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in creative writing and speaks globally on prostitution and sex-trafficking. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Title:Paid For: My Journey Through ProstitutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.23 × 5.49 × 0.75 inPublished:September 14, 2015Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393351971

ISBN - 13:9780393351972


Editorial Reviews

This is surely the best, most personal, profound, eye-opening book ever written about prostitution—irrefutable proof of why it should NEVER be legalized. — Jane FondaPeople who are working to end sexual exploitation will take heart from her example of transformation and an insistence on basic human dignity. — President Jimmy CarterRachel Moran takes us where no readers have ever gone: into the deep hell of being prostituted… Anyone who believes "sex work" is chosen or a job like any other should read Paid For for its exposure of misinformation and myths alone. But the book is more: Moran writes so well that her story will scorch your heart…. — Robin MorganNo amount of theory from those who have never been prostituted can replace the truth and power of experience. Rachel Moran's Paid For should be required reading in courses on human rights, in police training and law schools, and in sex education courses that separate welcome sex from body invasion. — Gloria SteinemPaid For fuses the memoirist's lived poignancy with the philosopher's conceptual sophistication. The result is riveting, compelling, incontestable. Impossible to put down.  — Catharine A. MacKinnon, law professor, University of Michigan and Harvard UniversityAs a survivor, I can say Paid For got to the heart of what sex-trafficked and prostituted women face on a daily basis. Rachel speaks for those survivors who can’t speak for themselves, and for those who have been lost to the life. — Vednita Carter, Founder and Executive Director, Breaking FreePaid For is the political sword we desperately need to slay once and for all the myths and fairytales surrounding the sex trade. Sojourner Truth once said that truth is powerful and it prevails. Rachel Moran's earth-shaking book embodies just that. — Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in WomenRachel Moran demolishes the “Pretty Woman” myth with the stark reality of the lived experience of her young years in prostitution. This memoir makes a strong case for the Nordic model law that criminalizes the buyers whose money drives the trade that treats women as objects for sale. — Terry O'Neill, President, National Organization for Women