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California ponders whether prostitutes are criminals or victims

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

By the time she was 19, Ashley Dickerson’s body had already made money for several men.

She ran away from home at 13 and was soon having sex for money. From time to time, she considered trying something else. But the men controlling Dickerson felt like family, she said, and she wasn’t sure what else to do.

“You sort of lose track and think you make choices on your own, not realizing the abuse you went through,” said Dickerson, who is now 31. “The problem with having no options, no job skills and a criminal record is you have nothing to do.”

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