This blog is a composite of writings and referrals to blog posts written by survivors of prostitution/trafficking. It’s a place to find the writings of members of Survivors Connect, the International Online Leaderless Network of Trafficking/Prostitution Survivors. When we act together it is much easier for us to speak the truth about the sex industry. We no longer have to do it alone. If we join voices, we’re stronger and harder to ignore. It’s time for us to lead the anti-CSE movement and speak for ourselves. Here’s what survivors have to say:
They kept me vulnerable with other girls who barely spoke English, but our tears of both sadness and hope became our new language. — Chong Kim
I think we will push an open door if we speak the reality of prostitution, especially if we focus on it being a human rights issue first and foremost. It is so important that we start striking out on our own, not always waiting for the movement to catch up with our passion and the urgent need for survivors to have some leadership. –Rebecca Mott
Together we are stronger. It is so easy to feel hopeless and overwhelmed with it all on your own. – Angel K
We are leaders in our own right. Our voices have power. We’re strong and smart and we’re here for each other. Nothing will break the ties between us. We protect each other.
Our network is the opposite of exploitation. There’s no leader and everyone has equal rank. We vote to decide what we do as a group. Everything we contribute to this network belongs to us alone. We are in control at last.
We’d love it if you’d join us. If you’re interested please email Stella Marr or Aashika Damodar and tell us a bit about yourself and provide a phone number (if possible). We screen so no pimps or johns can get into our network. We can’t wait to meet you.
In sisterhood and love,
Stella Marr & Aashika Damodar
This network was inspired by all the survivors we’ve known and the bold and courageous Aboriginal Women’s Action Network.