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Rachel Moran
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12 April 2013
When you are fifteen years old and destitute, too unskilled to work and too young to claim unemployment benefit, your body is all you have left to sell. Rachel Moran came from a troubled family background. Taken into State care at fourteen, she became homeless and got involved in prostitution aged fifteen. For the next seven years Rachel worked as a prostitute, isolated, drug-addicted, outside of society. Rachel s experience was one of violence, loneliness, and relentless exploitation and abuse. Her story reveals the emotional cost of selling your body night after night in order to survive loss of innocence, loss of self-worth and a loss of connection from mainstream society that makes it all the more difficult to escape the prostitution world. At the age of 22 she managed, with remarkable strength, to liberate herself from that life. She went to university, gained a degree and forged a new life, but she always promised that one day she would complete this book. This is Rachel Moran s story, written in her own words and in her own name.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd (12 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717156028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717156023
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brave woman steps out from Ireland s dark side and gives a clear-eyed account of the violence that is prostitution. --Susan McKay

An unprecedented testimony brave, powerful and convincing. --Theo Dorgan

'you're an inspiration from girl to girl' --Sinead Desmond Ireland AM 22 April 2013

'It is a story which will shock, maybe even horrify- on a subject which society does its best to avoid' --Jason O Toole Daily Irish Mail 12 April 2013

'It's not often that a book makes you re-think your beliefs, but Rachel Moran's thought-provoking memoir, Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution, does just that' --Jennifer May, Ireland's Big Issue 12 June 2013

'It is a story which will shock, maybe even horrify- on a subject which society does its best to avoid' --Jason O Toole Daily Irish Mail 12 April 2013

I am struck by this powerful and deeply moving book - --Donal Dorr, Act To Prevent Trafficking

'It is a story which will shock, maybe even horrify- on a subject which society does its best to avoid' --Jason O Toole Daily Irish Mail 12 April 2013

About the Author

Rachel Moran grew up in North Dublin city. From a troubled family background, she was fourteen when she was taken into state care. She became homeless and got involved in prostitution at aged fifteen, working in Dublin and other Irish cities for the following seven years. In 1998 at the age of 22, she liberated herself from that life. At 24 she got on the path to further education, gaining a degree in journalism from Dublin City University, where she won the Hybrid Award for excellence in journalism. She speaks internationally on prostitution and sex-trafficking and volunteers to talk to young girls in residential care about the harms and dangers of prostitution. She lives in North Dublin.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars too much nonesense 10 Jun 2014
By Zaza
Format:Kindle Edition
i found the book dragging. there is too much of the author generalizing one type of person. i felt i was been told how prostitutes work and thats how it is and her opinion as fact. i found it odd as i like to read and make my own mind up. i have read about addiction and prostitution alot and found this to be hard to belive everything and far too opinionated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not great cheap for a reason 12 Jun 2014
By shell
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Not what I thought. More a load of research rather than an actual story hence the price dont buy if u want a story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 10 Jun 2014
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Not very good it was told not as a story but by account and in her words.stopped reading it halfway through
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Crazy
Format:Paperback
The author is an accomplished writer whose metaphors are poignant and connects to the reader at a real human level. Ms. Moran is a national treasure, a brave courageous woman who took a look at the global issue of sex abuse inherent and is what prostitution is. This book is a testimony of human resilience. This high quality memoir bears all the horrors of prostitution married to sexism and gender based violence and compelled me without a doubt to back the 'Turn off the Red Light' campaign.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightenment 24 May 2013
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Following Rachel Moran,s appearance on the late late show I bought the ebook .To say the book is a gripping and intense page turner ,in no way lessens its importance as a book which has the power to change mindset and attitude.
The depth of personal experience shared by Rachel Moran of her life as a prostituted young girl and women can only lead to the eradication of the worlds oldest and most abusive profession.
If you want to be left in no doubt of the social, political, and moral corruption embedded in the sexwork and glamour industry this book iis compulsory reading
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrified by the level of deceit 14 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book in the kindle pre release for one very simple reason.

The author claims she spent the years between '91 and '93 standing about 15 yards across the road from me to work. I have met Moran at a conference and already knew this to be untrue, but I wanted to see if there were any verifiable facts at all in the book.

There were none...not one single mention of a familiar person or event. Not only did the author not work where she claimed she did, she apparently has no idea at all about the real people who did. She does not even know the material facts of sex work, at that time, itself.

This book is simple fraud and beyond that incredibly insulting and hurtful to the real people, not just sex workers, and clients, but Gardaí and residents who, among other things, were neither stupid, nor indifferent enough to walk on by while a drug addled child (sic) sold sex in front of them.

I should have posted this review right away, but I was scared of identifying myself and assumed Amazon would not let the review appear anyway, however I have now sworn out an affidavit in my own name which is online here:
[...]

I am happy to make notarised hard copy available to Amazon at any time upon request.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utmost respect and admiration 12 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There are no words to describe the heart of this dear sister, and that after all she has been through. She is very much the real deal in real life, and people desperately need to hear her story and her insights. She was there, she knows, she saw things from the inside as they truly were, not as people think or say that don't know, or guess, or statistically analyze one dimensional observation.

I couldn't be more proud of her, and I will stand by her no matter what because I know.

Thank you sister, you are truly a Free Irish Woman. :)
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get it 29 April 2014
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I read lot's of books like this - but this one is odd. The content is a cross between a journalistic narrative and one of a true story. The author, who herself identifies as a sex worker, just seems so polished, as if she is creating herself, rather than telling her story, I couldn't finish it. I don't know what it was, but this book is an odd read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A revealing read about the effects of prostitution on individuals.
This book is about the sociological, psychological and economic effects of prostitution on everyone in Society. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, honest and intelligent.
I've been looking for a book like this for some time. This is far more than just a memoir; Rachel Moran digs deep into the psychological and sociological causes and effects of... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Tori
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Is a great book. I enjoyed it.
Published 11 days ago by birgit bateson
5.0 out of 5 stars received book fairly quickly. an eye opener about prostitution ...
received book fairly quickly. an eye opener about prostitution from the author who lived through it.
Published 12 days ago by joan connelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough!!
This is a very long book! However it gives a real insight into the world of prostitution from a first hand perspective. Read more
Published 1 month ago by moxxy-girl
5.0 out of 5 stars touching read
This book moved me deeply, and gave me an understanding of a way of life I couldn't imagine. Reading this book definitely allows you to look into yourself and the meaning of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fliss
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational.
An inspirational, thought provoking, mind changing book. Not comfortable reading but worth the unease that has to be experienced to appreciate the significance of Rachel's story.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery!
The book arrived as soon as I have ordered it! Althought I haven't read it yet, but I am sure that it is great!
Published 3 months ago by Sandri
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