The_Game in Real Time
A Rapies, study showed, “70 percent of female prostitutes were sexually abused as children; others peg the figure at closer to 85 percent.” The bottom line is that prostitution, especially among teenagers, is rarely if ever an act of free will; it’s born out of a lifestyle that destitute young people are forced into.
Survival sex is a form of prostitution engaged in by a person because of their extreme need. It describes the practice of people who are homeless or otherwise disadvantaged in society, trading sex for food, a place to sleep, or other basic needs, or for drugs.
Based on one person’s account, It took a mental and physical breakdown to get me out of the life, and it took the better part of a decade for me to seek out help for the nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, depression, and dissociation all linked to my post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis. But I did get help.
According to CultureSurvival, Many women and girls are coerced into the sex industry by tales of good-paying jobs. In countries like Burma, many young girls from the hill tribes hear stories about the “glamorous and exciting” life in Bangkok, Thailand. These girls see life in Bangkok as a chance to earn much-needed money to help support their families.
Survival is the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically despite an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances. There are a vast number of prostitutes that get into this lifestyle because of life circumstances such as lack of income, lack of education, and lack of housing.
Prostitution, commercial sex acts, and survival sex are deeply bound up with one another, but they are all also strongly associated with running away from home at an early age. In other words, trying to resolve teenage prostitution and sexual victimization starts with understanding why teenagers run away from home in the first place.
In order for someone to get out of the_Game safely, isn’t just hard because of the loss of one’s social circle, but because exited women, still live with the risk of being outed publicly and branded as ‘whores.’
When you see no escape, the only strategy is to play down what’s happening to you. As previously mentioned, this forced positive outlook on prostitution does not by itself lead to any material graspable self-empowerment, but rather furthers the destruction of the self.
“I had to tell myself lots of lies, in order to keep my brain from splitting into a million pieces and me going crazy by the continual abuse that was happening over and over and over, and the violence and everything else that goes along with prostitution.” – Autumn Burris
“The first thing we humans do in any intolerable, inescapable situation erased our subjective reality. We evade and avoid accepting the nature of the situation itself. With the advent of this new [sex work] ideology, women have been handed a whole new set of tools with which to deceive themselves and others.” – Rachel Moran
“I feel as though I have so little of ‘me’ left because I spent so much of my life pretending to be someone else. I still feel like an escort on the inside years later, one that hasn’t turned a trick in a while. The real world doesn’t feel real. I feel any moment I could all crumble and I will be back in a brothel with a man after man lining up to further scar me.” – Kendra Chase
Just a few comments from former prostitutes that have had to tell lies to themselves in order to survive the seriousness of the situation that they go through when engaging in these horrific acts.