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Paid for: My Journey Through Prostitution [Paperback]

Rachel Moran
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Oct. 4 2013
'When you are fifteen years old and destitute, too unskilled to work and too young to claim unemployment benefit, your body is all you have left to sell.' Rachel Moran came from a troubled family background. Taken into State care at fourteen, she became homeless and got involved in prostitution aged fifteen. For the next seven years Rachel worked as a prostitute, isolated, drug-addicted, outside of society. Rachel's experience was one of violence, loneliness, and relentless exploitation and abuse. Her story reveals the emotional cost of selling your body night after night in order to survive-loss of innocence, loss of self-worth and a loss of connection from mainstream society that makes it all the more difficult to escape the prostitution world. At the age of 22 she managed, with remarkable strength, to liberate herself from that life. She went to university, gained a degree and forged a new life, but she always promised that one day she would complete this book. This is Rachel Moran's story, written in her own words and in her own name.

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'A brave woman steps out from Ireland's dark side and gives a clear-eyed account of the violence that is prostitution.' -- Susan McKay 'An unprecedented testimony-brave, powerful and convincing.' -- Theo Dorgan 'Paid For also gives an understanding of the myths and misconceptions versus the real world of prostitution and adds an insider view on the legalisation and decriminalisation of prostitution.' Irish Books Direct 'You're an inspiration from girl to girl' -- Sinead Desmond, Ireland AM 'It is a story which will shock, maybe even horrify - on a subject which society does its best to avoid' -- Jason O'Toole Irish Daily Mail 'It is neither a misery memoir where Rachel describes in lurid detail her childhood and experiences as a prostitute, nor is it a Pretty Woman style glamourisation of prostitution. It is scholarly, well written, articulate and while it is often difficult to read, it is certainly worthwhile' Alex Donald's Multiverse 'Paid For is no titillating call-girl memoir perpetuating the popular myth of The Happy Hooker, the Pretty Woman redemption, the sexy student enriching her future by being prostituted to pay for her education. Now she wants men who use prostitutes to be named and shamed.' -- Kate Holmquist The Irish Times 'Rachel knows the truth about prostitution and deserves praise for going public in the interest of other girls and women.' -- Colette Sheridan Evening Echo A searingly honest account of a young woman's life as a prostitute in Ireland -- Nicky Sullivan Evening Echo To suggest the basic facts of Moran's story make Paid For merely a seedy coming-of-age tale would be to do the book and Moran an injustice, because the book is a profoundly political as well as personal account of the sex-trafficking industry. (...) It seems fitting that Paid For is already a bestseller in Ireland, as it brings humanity and visibility to an industry that is often depersonalised, glamorised or merely ignored. -- Sara Keating Sunday Business Post Magazine Rachel Moran's brave account of her seven years as a prostitute is harrowing reading, but it also shines with compassion and humanity. Rachel Moran's extraordinary book lays bare the seven years she spent as a prostitute. It took her more than a decade to write, looking back with clear eyes into the hell from which she had escaped. A blend of political analysis and memoir, this is at once an indictment of Ireland's tolerance of violent sexual enslavement and a remarkable woman's celebration of the survival of body, soul and passionate sexuality. It is a book about brutality by a writer of great sensitivity. -- Susan McKay The Irish Times No amount of sugar-coating can sweeten this story up. Rachel Moran's matter-of-fact memoir, Paid For. My Journey Through Prostitution, is shocking, sordid and desperately sad. Painful to write, painful to relive and at times painful to read it is, however, as absorbing and enlightening insight into the darkest and indeed most perverted corners of Irish society. VIP Magazine It's not often that a book makes you re-think your beliefs, but Rachel Moran's thought-provoking memoir, Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution, does just that. -- Jennifer May Ireland's Big Issue I am struck by this powerful and deeply moving book. -- Donal Dorr Act To Prevent Trafficking

About the Author

Rachel Moran grew up in North Dublin city. From a troubled family background, she was fourteen when she was taken into state care. She became homeless and got involved in prostitution at aged fifteen, working in Dublin and other Irish cities for the following seven years. In 1998 at the age of 22, she liberated herself from that life. At 24 she got on the path to further education, gaining a degree in journalism from Dublin City University, where she won the Hybrid Award for excellence in journalism. She speaks internationally on prostitution and sex-trafficking and volunteers to talk to young girls in residential care about the harms and dangers of prostitution. She lives in North Dublin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, couldn't put it down July 21 2014
By Janice
Amazing book, couldn't put it down, didn't want it to end, bookmarked the hell out of it! Author put into words everything I had thought for years - now I have a reference for any future discussions with people who want to defend or marginalize the prostituting of women (and young girls)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 4 2014
By Sasha
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Excellent book. Totally changed my view of prostitution. Will never refer to it as sex work again
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Sept. 4 2014
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its good book but I havent finished reading it yet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking but inspiring April 21 2013
By David Gordon - Published on
This is a deeply personal and moving account of a woman who was forced into prostitution at a very early age, but survived to tell the tale. Rachel Moran's memoir is a simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting story that will both shock and inspire many readers. This book reveals the appalling and demoralising conditions that many prostitutes are forced to endure, and the quiet despair that many of them experience. `Paid for' is a passionate and thought-provoking account of the oldest profession in the world, and will surely generate considerable debate about the future of this sordid industry. This book is absolutely essential reading for anybody interested in basic human rights and dignity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for anyone interested in the debates on prositution Jan. 30 2014
By Maureen Master - Published on
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Rachel Moran has written not just a moving memoir, but also a powerful critique of the sex industry, and the callous notion that prostituted persons consent to their abuse. She aptly demonstrates how those who benefit from prostitution (pimps and johns --- or prostituters, as she calls them) prey upon the least powerful and the most marginalized, profiting from their desperation, poverty, youth and prior experience of abuse to reap profits for, and satisfy the desires of, those who are positions of power over the prostituted. Anyone who believes prostitution is a consensual act between equal parties needs to read this book. Some truly horrible policies are being promoted right now that seek to legalize and normalize the abuse of prostitution (in the name of human rights, no less!) If you're interested in sound policies on prostitution, listen to survivors and read this book.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paid for : My Journey Through Prostitution. Rachel Moran May 15 2013
By JK - Published on
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I have given this book top rating and would give it more I could! I bought the book after reading an interview with Rache lMoran in a weekend supplement from a major newspaper. I liked how she came across and the book was not a disappointment in any way Prostitution is a subject surrounded in mystery, especially from the point of view of the prostitute, so this book was a revelation from that point of view. It is not an easy read because of the obvious subject matter but in my opinion an excellent personal account of prostitution, what lead this lady there and how she escaped in no small manner from it. It is not unnecessarily lurid or graphic. I have recommended this book to friends both male and female as I feel I certainly learned a lot from it. A brave lady, an excellent book.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL BOOK. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. Dec 12 2013
By Hayley King - Published on
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Most insightful, thoughtful, honest, and well-written account of the prostitution experience I have ever read. While her content is complex, she writes a manner that I found very easy to read. Not elementary or shallow by any means. The author expresses her insights clearly and then provides pieces of her personal experience to illustrate her points. I encourage anyone who cares about someone who has been a prostitute to read this book if you want to understand them and what they've been through. I also encourage anyone who is recovering from a life of prostitution to read this book to help themselves understand what they've been through. This book could significantly aid counselors and psychologists as well in their ability to help women recovering from the effects of being a prostitute. I cannot promote this book strongly enough to do it justice.
Also, every male could learn something valuable by reading this book. If I could buy a billion copies and leave one on every doorstep I would.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting Aug. 19 2013
By Deirdre Dixon - Published on
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I enjoyed the book but it wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it would be her story rather than an analysis of prostitution. But it opened my eyes and certainly changed my views on it. Definitely worth reading.
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