Running ahead, instead of away

A while back one of our youth woke-up unusually early, at 5:00 am. She told us she wanted to go for an hour run because she wants to get healthy again. She told me that she used to run a lot when she was a teenager, and then dovetailed into a story about how she first decided to leave the sex trade.

She said that one night while drinking, she got in a fight with her pimp and ended up being taken to the hospital. While in the hospital, she was diagnosed with a mental health condition. She said that she gained a lot of weight while being in the hospital but still went back into the sex trade after her hospital stay. She found that she could not make the money that she needed, due to her weight gain. She came to us at that time, looking for help, as she did not feel that the sex trade was the only option for her. She wanted to find a different life.

She has been here less than three weeks and has already opened up to our staff quite a bit. She has been going back and forth over her decision of whether or not to leave the sex trade once and for all. Her decision is complicated by a possible pregnancy and a 4 year old daughter who lives with her mother. This morning, after a good long run, she talked about how she has been trying to get into a transition house for women who are leaving the sex trade. She is worried that they may have misunderstood her story. I offered to help advocate for her, knowing that she is definitely wanting to leave the sex trade and start a new and more positive life for herself.

A while back one of our youth woke-up unusually early, at 5:00 am. She told us she wanted to go for an hour run because she wants to get healthy again. She told me that she used to run a lot when she was a teenager, and then dovetailed into a story about how she first decided to leave the sex trade.

She said that one night while drinking, she got in a fight with her pimp and ended up being taken to the hospital. While in the hospital, she was diagnosed with a mental health condition. She said that she gained a lot of weight while being in the hospital but still went back into the sex trade after her hospital stay. She found that she could not make the money that she needed, due to her weight gain. She came to us at that time, looking for help, as she did not feel that the sex trade was the only option for her. She wanted to find a different life.

She has been here less than three weeks and has already opened up to our staff quite a bit. She has been going back and forth over her decision of whether or not to leave the sex trade once and for all. Her decision is complicated by a possible pregnancy and a 4 year old daughter who lives with her mother. This morning, after a good long run, she talked about how she has been trying to get into a transition house for women who are leaving the sex trade. She is worried that they may have misunderstood her story. I offered to help advocate for her, knowing that she is definitely wanting to leave the sex trade and start a new and more positive life for herself.

After her run and our talk, she decided to go back to bed. It is so good to see that she is feeling safe and secure. There seems to be a real opportunity here, one where we can encourage her to see one of our psychiatrists and also be her advocate as she goes through the process of moving to a transition house.