Survivor Testimonials

Full Decriminalisation of the sex trade will start an irreversible and dangerous domino effect

By Ally-Marie Diamond  “One life lost is too many

Since New Zealand’s Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) was passed in 2003, street prostitution has got worse than it ever was before…. Can you honestly tell me if you vote yes for Full Decriminalisation you will be able to go home to your own children, you will be able to walk into the schools in your communities, and look those children, and their parents, straight in the eyes and say, “Today was a great day. Today we voted that it is a man’s right to buy your body”? (read more)


Why stigma persists against women involved in prostitution in New Zealand

By Chelsea Geddes

Of course, we’re still stigmatised when the men who pay to bypass sexual consent have been decriminalised and our pimps who financially exploit the situation are legitimized as just regular business operators and entrepreneurs. The only way to think it’s OK to abuse us this way is to dehumanise us and believe we deserve it. That it’s our ‘choice’ and therefore our fault. (read more)



I was sex trafficked for years. Brothels are hidden in plain sight.

By Casandra Diamond, Founder/Director of Bridgenorth, TEDxToronto

For nine long, horrible years, I was trafficked in the sex industry. I was no more than “girl number four,” valued only for my outward appearance and ability to please customers.


A Survivor of Human Trafficking Reads a Letter to One of Her Buyers

By Jessa Dillow Crisp Jessa’s story

I remember the smells, the sights, and the tastes of slavery. Silently the tears flow. The horror can’t be put into words, neither can the brothels I was taken to or the men and women I was forced to service. (read more)



Getting out: A national framework for exiting human trafficking for sexual exploitation in Canada.

(2020) Covenant House Toronto & the Hindsight Group

“Please don’t tell me it’s a job—if you were there you would never say that. It lets me down and ultimately shows me that you actually don’t give a rip about me. By saying it’s a job or condoning it as work you are also saying the violence done to me is ok, and those who buy me do not have to take responsibility for their actions against me. And you hold the same position as the very people who exploited, beat and humiliated me.” (page 9) (read more)



Thirteen Years Out and Still Paying a Price


“I started working as a call girl in my early twenties. At the time, I thought it was my free choice, but as I’ve matured, I’ve realised that it wasn’t a “free” choice. (read more)