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Born to mentally unstable parents, Rachel Moran left home at the age of 14. Being homeless, she became a prostitute to survive. In Paid For, she describes, with intelligence and empathy, the fears that she and others had working on the streets and in brothels. She also speaks to the psychological damage that accompanies prostitution and the estrangement from one's body. At the age of 22, Moran escaped prostitution. She has since become a writer and an activist.

©2013 Rachel Moran (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Moran's thoughtful, highly readable, and provocative treatise shines a necessary light on a dark and underdiscussed topic." (Kirkus)

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Brutally honest.

One of the most insightful and brutally honest book on the reality of human exploitation.

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Wait, it's all the John's fault?

Would you listen to Paid For again? Why?

Yes, but not right away. It's a well-written book about a heavy subject. I'd like to see if I understand the author's perspective a bit differently after I read it a 2nd time.

If you’ve listened to books by Rachel Moran before, how does this one compare?

This is the first I've listened to by Rachel Moran, so I have no comparison.

What about Heather Wilds’s performance did you like?

Her accent takes some getting used to, but overall I think she did an excellent job. She strikes a serious tone, which is consistent with the subject matter.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment in the bath when she flashed back to what had been done to her body in the past was moving.

Any additional comments?

The author seems to take no responsibility for her actions - it's the fault of her parents, the government, the punters (johns), the drugs, etc. I think she loses a little credibility because of it. She is a very good writer and is convincing with some of her points though. If you're interested in the subject matter, it's worth a read. If you're simply looking for salacious details about the life of a prostitute, you'll find some, but not much here.

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Highly recommended!

This book is brutally honest and direct on the subject most of us rarely think about let alone fully understand. It is worth the time and energy to listen to this book and let its message sink into your soul.

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Prepare to be informed and depressed.

This book intends to educate the reader about the awful reality of prostitution. It more than accomplishes that mission. What it really needs is a joke. Although very informative, I couldn't start my day with this sunshine killer. With that said, if you want to understand the life of a prostitute, this book is for you.