By Rachelle Tchiprout
‘Paid For – My Journey Through Prostitution’ by Rachel Moran is an autobiographical book about her experiences as a prostituted woman in Ireland for 7 years. There are a number of things Rachel Moran has taught me – and her story is one that should be shared with all. All of these lessons are essential to the knowledge of the world of prostitution, and essential to my understanding of the roles of women in today’s society. The key things I have learnt from Rachel can be summarized as:
- Prostitution is not, and never will be, a product of ‘sexual liberation’
- Women do not ‘choose’ prostitution. Is it a ‘choice’ when there appears to be no viable alternative?
- Prostitution should not be made illegal. The act of buying sex should be. Why punish the exploited and not the exploiter? (Also known as the ‘Nordic model’)
- There is no difference between a ‘high-class prostitute’ and a street-walker.
- Drugs are commonly a result of prostitution (and thus perpetuate it), as the women involved search for a mental escape from their traumatic lives.
- If you have never experienced prostitution, you cannot possibly assess the extent of its mental and physical influence over an individual.