Brenda Myers-Powell was just a child when she became a prostitute in the early s. Here she describes how she was pulled into working on the streets and why, three decades later, she devoted her life to making sure other girls don't fall into the same trap. Some people will find Brenda's account upsetting. Right from the start life was handing me lemons, but I've always tried to make the best lemonade I can. I grew up in the s on the West Side of Chicago. My mother died when I was six months old.
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Prostitution , the practice of engaging in relatively indiscriminate sexual activity, in general with someone who is not a spouse or a friend, in exchange for immediate payment in money or other valuables. Prostitutes may be female or male or transgender , and prostitution may entail heterosexual or homosexual activity, but historically most prostitutes have been women and most clients men. Perceptions of prostitution are based on culturally determined values that differ between societies. In some societies, prostitutes have been viewed as members of a recognized profession; in others they have been shunned , reviled, and punished with stoning, imprisonment, and death. Few societies have exercised the same severity toward clients; indeed, in many societies, clients suffer few if any legal repercussions.
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Mimi Chakarova has been teaching photography at U. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism for 10 years. Chakarova is the recipient of the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for documentary photography and the Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award for her photo work on trafficking in Eastern Europe, which she has reported on for the last four years.
By Valerie Edwards For Dailymail. In the s, pimps and prostitutes haunted Times Square and drug dealers worked openly. Back in the bad old days, New York City was at a low point, rife with crime-filled subways and suffering from an economic collapse. Originally the heart of New York's night life, Broadway shows and grandiose movie theaters, Times Square's decline began in the s and reached its peak in the late s when prostitution and sex shops dominated the landscape. Scroll down for video.