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Paid for: My Journey Through Prostitution Paperback – Oct 4 2013


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd (Oct. 4 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717160327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717160327
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janice on July 21 2014
Format: Paperback
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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By Gaia Girl on May 3 2015
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"Paid For," by Rachel Moran, is Moran's account of her seven years in the sex trade, starting at the age of fifteen. Beyond being a compelling and beautifully written memoir it is, in my opinion, a seminal work that could shift how we, as a society, think about prostitution.

One of the things that I think makes this book stand out is Moran's astonishing ability to have remained awake and present to the harsh realities of her situation. In her shoes, many women, understandably, would have "checked out" (via substance abuse and denial) to avoid the ongoing pain, abuse and trauma that are inherent to life in the sex trade. Somehow Moran managed, repeatedly, and despite her own struggle with drugs, to remain aware and bear witness to her experiences as she went through them. The result is an account of what it's like to be a prostitute that is more detailed, disturbing, perceptive and eye-opening than anything most people have ever heard. I think it is extremely important that accounts like Moran's are brought to the public's attention, as the truths that they convey appear to contradict a number of widely-held assumptions about prostitution. I see Moran's willingness to endure the tough process of revisiting that awful time in her life (a process she describes in "Paid For"), for the purposes of putting it all on record, as a heroic and invaluable contribution.

Equally important, in my view, is the visionary insight with which Moran interprets her experience and places it in a broader, sociopolitical context. This, too, is eye-opening. For me, there were revelations about prostitution and what it means for women, men, and our society as a whole, on just about every page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sasha on July 4 2014
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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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By DK on Jan. 3 2015
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An amazing read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By randyvanwyck on Sept. 4 2014
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its good book but I havent finished reading it yet
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