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In a very candid interview, Lisa speaks with "Amber," who says she's turned countless tricks in truck stops from Oklahoma to Florida. Amber says she was a 14-year-old runaway when she began working for a pimp...on the advice of her aunt. Like an estimated 90 percent of prostitutes, "Amber" was molested as a child. In her case, she says her aunt and uncle began raping her when she was just 12 years old.

To make her quota of $1,000 every night, Amber says she sometimes had to have sex with as many as 20 men in a day. If she didn't make her quota, she says her pimp would beat her mercilessly. "I can't see straight sometimes still because of [the beatings]," she says. "My vision goes blurry and I'll see double sometimes."

Amber says she suffers from other negative effects of her life as a prostitute. "You don't feel like a person anymore," she says. "You don't feel any emotion. It takes your dignity and your self-respect, self-esteem. It strips you of it."
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FROM: Inside the Lives of Young Prostitutes
Published on May 08, 2006

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