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Rachel Moran Biography

Co-Founder of Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment (SPACE) International
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“I entered the sex trade — as most do — before I was even a woman…

[A]t 15, I met a young man who thought it would be a good idea for me to prostitute myself. As ‘fresh meat,’ I was a commodity in high demand.

For seven years, I was bought and sold. On the streets, that could be 10 times in a night. It’s hard to describe the full effect of the psychological coercion, and how deeply it eroded my confidence. By my late teens, I was using cocaine to dull the pain.

I cringe when I hear the words ‘sex work.’ Selling my body wasn’t a livelihood. There was no resemblance to ordinary employment in the ritual degradation of strangers’ using my body to satiate their urges. I was doubly exploited — by those who pimped me and those who bought me.

I know there are some advocates who argue that women in prostitution sell sex as consenting adults. But those who do are a relatively privileged minority — primarily white, middle-class, Western women in escort agencies — not remotely representative of the global majority. Their right to sell doesn’t trump my right and others’ not to be sold in a trade that preys on women already marginalized by class and race.”

“Buying Sex Should Not Be Legal,” New York Times, Aug. 28, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-founder and European Coordinator, SPACE International, 2012-present
  • Works with Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
  • Works with European Women’s Lobby
  • Works with Equality Now
  • Former prostitute in Dublin, Ireland
  • BA, Journalism, Dublin City University
  • Twitter: @RachelRMoran
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?