Courtney grew up in Dallas and at the age of 14 ran away from an alcoholic mother. Her mother had the police visit the house where she ran away to daily. “I had moved in with my 18 year-old boyfriend and it was hard because I had to leave every day,” Courtney said.
Rebecca describes life before 18 as a hectic whirlwind. Rebecca has several positive memories of growing up, but these memories are overshadowed by the uncertainty and isolation formed by childhood sexual abuse and being raised by drug addicts. Rebecca’s older sister introduced her to marijuana at the young age 12.
Claire describes her childhood as dysfunctional and confusing. She excelled in school and extra curricular activities; she was a member at a church and remembers always having felt an immense amount of pressure to uphold a certain facade of perfection.
New Friends New Life is a faith-based organization located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that enables women to leave the degradation of the sex industry and to build new lives for themselves and their children.