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futsanglung Post time: 2014-2-14 22:35
You keep saying that is the average age as quotes by the FBI or whoever, I dispute that fact, try ...
Children lured into vice: Jen, 32, tells how she was 14 when she started selling sex
JEN, now 32, was only 14 and in care when she started selling sex. She has never escaped her life of prostitution. Here is her harrowing story.
While I was in care, I went with a man once or twice and he gave me money.
I was 14 when I met him. I was hanging around Central Station in Glasgow, he was selling drugs and I got chatting to him.
He was 21 and had his own house. I would dog school and go to his in my uniform and have sex. He’d give me money and gifts.
Then I’d go back to the home and show the lassies what I’d got. Even the staff knew what I was doing.
I didn’t think at the time that I was being exploited. I didn’t think of myself as a child at that point either. I was 14.
I didn’t realise it was wrong. But I was absolutely taken advantage of.
I got into it properly when I was 16. I had just got out of care and was on a supervision order.
I knew other girls who were in my home who had been doing it.
I was waitressing at the time for £2 an hour and I’d got into drugs when I was in care.
The money was the big attraction to me.
I remember my first client really clearly. I don’t think I was even scared, I just don’t think I understood the magnitude of what I was doing.
I thought I would do it for a wee while and it would stop but I’m still doing it to this day.
It was a popular choice for girls in care. If you can make £1000 a night, it’s attractive to a vulnerable child.
It seems OK, too, because everybody around you is telling you it is.
The first place I worked was Tropical Palms, which was right next to Pitt Street police station in Glasgow.
I remember the other women in the place telling me they had nieces who were older than me. I just lied though, I said I was 18. I’m now an adult and understand how I would feel if there was a wee girl working in a flat or sauna.
But at the time, I thought the women were jealous because I was getting a lot of clients.
Most of the younger girls were in care or had been in care. Most people have come through the same system. I see young girls a lot.
In the saunas back then they had a schoolroom – with school uniform, a teacher’s desk, a belt and other silly childish things. I was never out of there.
I remember doing 17 clients on my 17th birthday. I walked away with almost £700 for that. People might think that’s good money. But there’s not enough money in the world to make that worth it.
I was abused by my uncle when I was younger. It started when I was only about seven.
I think that’s why I got into prostitution because subconsciously I thought if I’m going to be abused all my life, then pay me for it. That way, I could have the upper hand.
I’m older now and have had the chance to get proper counselling and get an education but I wish I’d never got involved.
It’s messed me up. I have mental health problems. I suffer depression and anxiety to this day.
I absolutely believe more should be done to protect kids in care from getting involved in this world.
I think the whole system could do with a reality check. There needs to be better links and the authorities should work closer together.
There should be steps taken so everyone can recognise the signs when somebody is really at risk.