The myth of the happy hooker

The Irish Times 13 April 2013
Rachel Moran started selling sex when she was 15. Don’t fall for the ‘Pretty Woman’ redemption story, she says in her new book about life on the street. Now she wants men who use prostitutes to be named and shamed

“I know of girls of 13 being prostituted  today,” says Moran, who is now 37 and whose book, Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution, will be published next week, with rights already sold in Australia and negotiations under way in the UK and US.

In a week when Real Men Don’t Buy Girls, a social-media campaign by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, was launched in response to the trafficking and prostitution of young girls, Moran’s experience shows that such exploitation is not new to Ireland but that it has grown with the opening of European borders.

Men who prostitute women want to express their hatred of them by hurting them in ways no other woman would endure, Moran says. She recalls a middle-class man, who could be anyone’s husband, calling her to his home and then imposing violent sex on her on his marital bed, in a room whose walls were covered with photographs of his wife and children, as he aroused himself by spewing “disgusting and demeaning” insults about his wife. (In retaliation, and as a message to his wife, Moran rolled her own lipstick under the bed.)
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