Rachel Lloyd at the Cooper Union

February 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rachel Lloyd will tell the story of her escape from the commercial sex trade in Europe, detailed in her memoir, Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale, at The Cooper Union‘s Great Hall in New York City on Monday, March 5 at 6:30 PM.

Rachel Lloyd is a nationally recognized expert on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation.   In 1998, with only a computer and $30, Lloyd, a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation, established GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services to support girls and young women victimized by the commercial sex industry in the U.S.

GEMS philosophy:

We believe that all young women have great beauty and worth, and the potential for future success. The voices and experiences of youth survivors are integral to the development and implementation of all GEMS’ programming.

Now the nation’s largest organization offering direct services to girls and young women, ages 12-24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking, GEMS empowers survivors to escape the sex industry and develop to their full potential.

“I was 17 when I turned my first trick, compared with the 12-year-olds I meet today.” – Rachel Lloyd

It Tolls for Thee.

* Note: the topics of sex trafficking and prostitution are very complex and deserve much more conversation. I will likely address the various issues throughout this blog in the future, but I encourage you to become more educated about what we know, what we don’t know, and where the debates lie on these issues.


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