With a bipolar father and a schizophrenic mother, Rachel Moran soon understood the struggle to find a center of gravity in her life. But when attempting to escape the unstable situation, she faced something even worst at 15, when she began to prostitute herself in the streets of Dublin.
She escaped from the throes seven years later, earned a degree in journalism and had a son. But the past continued to weigh down on her. She needed to try to understand it, so she started writing. She has spent more than 10 years on a book about what prostitution is really about.
Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution is published in Ireland, the United States and Germany, supported by scholars, feminists and luminaries like Jane Fonda and Jimmy Carter, and has recently been released in Italy. The author is visiting to speak at two meetings, organized by Resistenza Femminista. The first engagement is today in Milan at the Casa dei Diritti, and on Thursday she’ll speak at the Casa Internazionale delle Donne in Rome.