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She is trying to find the words. The woman and her camera crew are asking for them. They have promised anonymity and money in exchange for her words.

The ruined neighborhood behind her is obscured by the night. The pavement beneath her has long since crumbled to grit, so she must stand still or risk snapping her heels. The camera is close, but focused below the face. She feels violated though they have not touched her. Actually, they have been more nice to her than anyone has in a long time.

She does not have long.

How do you feel?

She pats her painted fingers on her thigh. "I am not happy. I do not like the things I do. I do not like my body anymore. Because I am not happy with what I do. I have no money. No paper. So I cannot run away. I have no money so I cannot run away. I promised to pay. I have to finish this."

The people who brought you here, how much do you owe them?

She whimpers. "It, it is not easy -- that much I will say."

We have heard it is usually near 30,000.

"Some goes up. Some goes down."

And you will pay them?

"Yes. I must pay. There has been agreement. So I must pay." She bows her head away from another passing pair of headlights.

How much do you get from a client?

"5. 10. Sometimes 20. Some goes up. Sometimes 50 if we go to a hotel or a home."

Have you told anyone?

"I have no paper. They cannot help me."

And your family?

"It is too much dangerous. My family cannot know. I love them so much and I do not want them to stress. I don't want them to suffer. I love them so much. Let me just say..."

She is trying to find the words. She thinks back. She has searched for them in the pockets of still bodies. She has prayed for them under thrusting weight. She has felt for them in the dark between the sequins on borrowed dresses. She has promised them to the other girls. And to the woman and her camera crew.

"...I am like the Jesus Christ. I carry the cross for them."



The woman and her shaken camera crew look at one another. She has finally found some words. She has earned gratitude and pro tem sympathy and money. Enough money that she can take tonight off. A night off that she has not had in a long time.
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Let me just say, sex trafficking is a very real problem. The majority of those trapped were lured from impoverished places with promises of employment and opportunity. They remain trapped and in debt by their illegal immigrant status, shame, and love for family.
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Given 2013-03-28
Street is by ~August-Green. ( Featured by neurotype )
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pinballwitch Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Congrats on DLD & DD :nod:

Thanks for raising awareness with your piece. Very beautifully done, too.
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August-Green Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thank you :)
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hujikari Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh God... pitty her.
awesome story for the awesome author. :D
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you :)
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:iconmorzanselvendaughter:
Congrats on the DD. You defiantly deserved to get it. You have shown an amazing ability to say so much in so few words....
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you for the kind words
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MorzansElvenDaughter Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
You are welcome. :)
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LostInTheMorning Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very moving.
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you.
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LostInTheMorning Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Damn, that's a zinger of an ending. Well done.
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thanks, I appreciate the comment.
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18o5 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful writing, unfortunate reality.
Thanks for sharing, congrats on the DD!
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
It's absolutely unfortunate and absolutely a reality. Thank you for the congratulations.
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JeffLover321 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
My feels. ; ^ ;
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
:)
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octobird Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The unfortunate truth. :(
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Indeed.
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lol60651 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Wow. This is... deep...
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you :)
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lol60651 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
You're welcome!
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Twocool115 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Must not cry, Must not cry, Must no - Ah, the hell with it.
:cries:
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Appreciate the comment.
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Twocool115 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
No problem man. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need some tissues.
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Enemom Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You aren't the only one.
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amiyuri Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is touching and gut wrenching at the same time.
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Happens everyday. Thank you for the comment.
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Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. I've gotta say, it's a big concept expressed well in a small story. :hug:
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you for the kind words.
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Karinta Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
You are welcome.
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD! :heart:
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thanks :)
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jealousapples Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is so powerful and beautiful <333 thank you for writing this
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
You're welcome, I'm thankful that you read it. :)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thanks so much. You too!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    My pleasure, thank you :happybounce:
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Kagamine-Kawaii Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh God, if there is one thing I can't tolerate in this world, it is sex trafficking. It's just so evil and traumatizing...thank you for posting this writing piece!
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
It absolutely is a tragedy. Thanks for commenting.
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LadyMuffinArt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
wow! So sad! :(
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
It's a tragic subject. Thanks for reading. :)
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CicadaOkami Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Even though its only loosely related to this, I have to say that this reminded me of a book about a reforming prostitute called Chloe Doe, which was a very good book. Congrats on making such a connection!
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you for the nice comment!
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CicadaOkami Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
No problem at all 8)!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The line about Christ completely made this piece for me. I think it says a lot more about her than the rest of the hesitating responses she offers the interviewera.
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I'm glad that line resonated with you. Thank you so much for the comment and the feature, I really appreciate it.
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TheNimster Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece is very powerful. Congrats on the well deserved DD.
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thanks for the kind words. :)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   Writer
:+fav: Approval is all you'll get from me regarding- Thoughts/suggestions... -because you captured the essence of everything about this woman in a few lines of dialog, with a zinger last line, what a line, and how achingly true it is. One night off. I'm shaken just from reading this. Thank you.
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August-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment, I really appreciate it!
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