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As human beings, we all have a fundamental basic need for safety, stability, and a roof over our he. When a person has no place to go and limited resources, they have no choice but to do whatever it takes to survive. Homelessness leaves people truly desperate and often vulnerable to a wide range of injustices, including human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Personally, I have worked alongside survivors of human trafficking and prostitution here in Greenville County for nearly seven years, and for many prostituted women, their exploitation began as an attempt to end their homelessness.

But nobody does anything for free on the streets. If you are stuck on the streets, eventually you will have to find a way to survive.

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Over the years, I have spent a lot of time on the streets and in strip clubs and have walked alongside nearly women in various stages of recovery from the life of human trafficking and sexual exploitation here in Greenville, SC. Of all the women I have come to know and love over the years, I can assure you not one of them truly chose the lifestyle of being prostituted.

For Alley, her childhood experiences laid the groundwork for her choices to be limited when she found herself homeless and alone with few resources available before she even turned Alley grew up in South Carolina and has lived in Greenville County for the last 6 years. My father was an alcoholic who would sometimes be abusive towards my mother. My mother smoked marijuana and took prescription pain pills. We never had a lot of money.

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We grew up in a small trailer park, my parents drove old beat up cars, and my sister and I never had name brand clothes. When I started going to school I realized we were poor and immediately felt inferior to the other kids I went to school with.

This is when I started to have ideas about not being good enough and feeling different than the other. Alley was exposed to sex at a very early age. The movies, television shows, and songs on the Billboard glamorized the lifestyle of pimping, selling women and girls, and making money. The lifestyle was glamorized, and it was kind of the Hookers at Greenville.

My older sister was in the [prostituted] life and I met other girls that did it and that made it OK. To me, it was about independent women making their own money. I thought I would be able to make money and be successful… have nice things, be normal, etc.

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My sister headed down a dark road some years after this. She was pregnant and doing hard drugs by the time she was With her issues and the new baby, I was put on the back burner. This is when I started seeking attention from men. The only thing I ever wanted to be was loved.

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Alley started having sex and using drugs at age She, like many other survivors, lived in foster care for a period during her teenage years. She left home at 17, dropped out of high school, and went to live with her year-old boyfriend.

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The relationship was very abusive. Her boyfriend was eventually incarcerated, and she was left on her own with no home, no resources, and no education. Life on the streets is brutal, lonely, and scary for these women. Life on the streets looks like jumping in and out of cars with strangers and selling your body just to make enough money to survive. Women stuck in this lifestyle must find a way to cope with the pain and trauma they experience every day and often turn to drugs.

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I needed the drugs to turn the tricks [sexual acts for money] and I needed to trick to get the drugs. I have been addicted to crack, meth, and mostly heroin. While overcoming this cycle of homelessness, sexual exploitation, addiction, and incarceration may seem impossible, I have seen many women break free of it and truly thrive when given the right resources. In my opinion, long-term safe housing, gainful employment, and a loving community are the key factors that help these women ultimately break free.

Of course, these Hookers at Greenville face many barriers to housing and employment, including limited bed space in residential programs and extensive criminal records due to years of sexual exploitation and living on the streets. However, there are more programs opening across the nation to help solve these challenges and, when paired with genuine understanding and unconditional love, these women truly have an opportunity to heal. One of these programs is Jasmine Roadthe first residential restoration program of its kind in South Carolina, which exists to provide a safe home for women to rest and heal.

It is located in Greenville and provides two years of rent-free housing where women can receive holistic restoration services including medical and dental care, trauma-informed therapy, addiction recovery resources, physical health and wellness, and employment opportunities to help them recover and heal from years of trauma, abuse, and addiction.

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Alley has been a resident in the Jasmine Road program for nearly 8 months. Today I have my own bed to sleep in and food to eat. I would like for you to know how much of a difference Jasmine Road has made in my life. In the past few months, I began the process of healing from a lifetime of hurt. Today I have women in my life who unconditionally love and support me through everything. I know I will make mistakes, but I know they will Hookers at Greenville there holding my hand through it. The staff and the other residents are family to me.

Alley has accomplished many goals and milestones in her recovery, and I know this is just the beginning for her and I have seen her truly come alive since being in a program where she is unconditionally loved, accepted, and valued.

She is one of the most caring, inspiring, and resilient women I have ever known, and I am confident she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.

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There are more women like Alley still on the street. Women who need support, a place to call home, and unconditional love. Every morning at Jasmine Road, Alley and the other residents light a candle of hope in honor of the women in our city who are still living on the streets homeless, addicted, and exploited. Together, as a community, we have witnessed the beauty and life found in recovery and that breaking the cycle is truly possible. She can be reached at lindsay jasmineroad.

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