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Finding Identity Apart from the Sex Industry

Many women who have been convicted and thrown in jail because of prostitution. A lot of adult prostitutes were forced into the sex industry as children, beginning at a very young age and knowing no other way of life. For too many women, some of their first memories are being abused and sold into the sex industry.

Former prostitute Quala Craig is one of these women. Quala’s mother began selling her for sex when she was in the first grade. By the time she was nine years old, she was living on the streets. As a young child, Quala was taught to use prostitution to provide for herself.

Elizabeth Morrow also understands exploitation, as her mother began prostituting her at 12 years of age. “They put you in a position where you don’t have any choice but to use your body to survive,” explained Morrow.

These two former prostitutes are only a couple of the women who have been taught at a young age that all the worth they have is in their bodies. Child prostitutes often continue to prostitute themselves even as adults because that is the only way of life they know. They grow up finding their identities in the sex industry, so that is where they stay. They have been presented with a mangled view of who they are. They have been told lies about their worth, what it means to be loved, and where their identities come from.

There are groups to help these women understand who they are beyond the horrible things they have been exposed to. In the Harris County Jail where Quala Craig, Elizabeth Morrow, and many other prostitutes and human trafficking victims stay, the “We’ve Been There Done That” group seeks to show women there is hope of completely leaving their lives of prostitution behind and finding their true identities.

The lies these women have been told desperately need to be exposed. Imagine if all these women could know the truth of 1 John 3:1, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” These women are beautiful creations in Jesus Christ. As people free of bondage, it is our responsibility make freedom a priority and extend our arms to lift victims out of the lies and emptiness they have been living in.  It is our responsibility as free people to help these women find identity apart from the sex industry.