I'm happy today. I mean, you know, going through Ms. McReynold's program has helped me to deal with situations. Not actually run, run to people or run to a substance, or just want to seclude myself from people.

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Jackie McReynolds is a former prostitute and now executive director of the Angels Project Power, a program that helps women leave prostitution. She was able to escape and share her story based on this interview:

“McReynolds explains how the program works and Nakita Harrison, who is enrolled in the project, shares her experience and her attempt to turn her life around.

“The program also reaches out to sex workers working on the streets. Jackie McReynolds joins us now from her home in Maryland to talk about her life and work, and also joining us here in our Washington, D.C., studio is Nakita Harrison. Ms. Harrison is also a former sex worker. She’s currently going through Jackie’s program,” Michael Martin.

MCREYNOLDS:

“I really, really just got tired of getting up every day, trying to find some means of getting some money and prostituting and using drugs.”

HARRISON:

Well, the whole situation just got where I needed to do, as me being a sex worker, I needed to do it more often. I needed to do it to provide for just the little things, my living arrangements. You know, me being material at the point in time, I started picking up a habit, alcohol, and drugs. I started needing it more and more and more. And it had become just a natural, just became a part of me. It was out of control. (Nakita Harrison), a former prostitute/ sex worker going through the Angel’s Project Power.

“It took me plenty of tries. I’ve known Ms. McReynolds for over a couple of years now. I was not successful in the beginning. I was very defiant. I would come in when I wanted to. And it took two or three tries with me before actually…

“Well, I wasn’t ready to stop living the life. You know, I wasn’t ready to stop finding the easy – find a way out of things. You know, I wasn’t ready to sit down and be a mature, responsible woman. You know, I just wanted to – hoping and wishing that that “Pretty Woman” picture would come back to life. And, you know, as I get older things don’t come as fast. So that’s what happened.

I’m happy today. I mean, you know, going through Ms. McReynold’s program has helped me to deal with situations. Not actually run, run to people or run to a substance, or just want to seclude myself from people. You know, it’s very hopeful for me. It gives me the incentive to want to deal with situations that come up.

As I was receiving the information, I kind of allowed myself to open up. And it helped me with learning how to, you know, no situation is going to occur on the street that I don’t have to listen to a man. Or I don’t need a man to tell me that you look good. I don’t need someone to pick up and ask me, do I need a ride, I can get to where I’m going without that. You know, always finding a shortcut. You know, and the shortcut does not – for me leads to me always going back to the same old life, partying, drinking, having sex.”

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