Paid for

Paid for

My Journey Through Prostitution

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“The best work by anyone on prostitution ever, Rachel Moran’s Paid For fuses the memoirist’s lived poignancy with the philosopher’s conceptual sophistication. The result is riveting, compelling, incontestable. Impossible to put down. This book provides all anyone needs to know about the reality of prostitution in moving, insightful prose that engages and disposes of every argument ever raised in its favor.” —Catharine A. MacKinnon, law professor, University of Michigan and Harvard UniversityBorn into a troubled family, Rachel Moran left home at the age of fourteen. Being homeless, she was driven into prostitution to survive. With intelligence and empathy, she describes the exploitation she and others endured on the streets and in the brothels. Moran also speaks to the psychological damage inherent to prostitution and the inevitable estrangement from one’s body. At twenty-two, Moran escaped the sex trade. She has since become a writer and an abolitionist activist.
An astonishingly brave memoir of prostitution and its lingering influence on a woman’s psyche and life.

Baker & Taylor
A former teen prostitute describes the fears she and others had working on the streets and in brothels and speaks to the psychological damage that accompanies prostitution and the estrangement from one's body. Original.

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In this memoir, Moran relates how she left home at the age of 14 and became a prostitute in Dublin, Ireland. Both of her parents suffered from mental illness and addiction, and she dealt with their mental and emotional abuse. Her father committed suicide, and she left home, worked as a prostitute for seven years, and became addicted to cocaine. She discusses shame, violation, abuse, violence, and survival strategies as a prostitute, as well as myths like sexual pleasure, control, and happiness. She also addresses misconceptions about prostitution, legalization, and decriminalization, and details how she left the world and experienced depression, dealt with damage to her relationships and sexuality, and other effects. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A former teen prostitute describes the fears she and others had working on the streets and in brothels and speaks to the psychological damage that accompanies prostitution and the estrangement from one's body.

Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2015
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780393351972
Branch Call Number: 306.74092 M7938p 2015
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 21 cm


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valery_lib Jul 31, 2017

This incredibly well written book was absolutely fascinating. Not only did Moran write an authentic memoir of her life experiences throughout prostitution, she successfully included thought provoking introspection and social studies to address her opinions. Her opinions are strong (and she doesn't shy away from them over the course of this book)... and they may not be completely shared with every reader, however, it is a breath of fresh air to have a memoir include opinions that are backed by social studies. Moran has successfully broken the divide between memoirs/biographies and more academically inclined social studies, giving us this incredibly innovative book.

Oct 26, 2015

I just finished this book and found it quite outstanding. I found the comment below harsh and inaccurate, and suspect that the reader may have skimmed a few chapters vs. taking in Moran's whole story. The book is a fascinating look at Moran's life and journey into prostitution, as well as some very well-founded arguments on legalizing prostitution. She does a great job at balancing the strong sentiments resulting from her own horrific experiences with both older data and recent studies. I learned a lot and was grateful that Moran took the time to write this account, in spite of the difficulty of reliving such a dark part of her life. Very well written. You'd be hard-pressed to find a book on the topic written by a more apt and capable author!

Sep 05, 2015

This book is truly an exercise in pure rationalization whereby the author, Moran, blames everything on prostitution it seems, instead of the difficulties in her youth, and the lack of a viable social net in Dublin. Jane Fonda blurbs this book, and since I've never cared for infantilized Jane, I'm not surprised. Also, Andrea Dworkin blurbs it, an individual whom I've always considered to be one screwed up, warped personality [and no, always claiming to be a militant feminist does not excuse one's serious shortcomings]. Simply a an anti-prostituion book, could have been written by any rightwinger religionist. [Word to the wise: anti-sex personality types should avoid sex worker occupations, and devote their free time to visiting Dworkin.]


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