One Story of Many
From preganat with a P addiction to a new future
You can’t put a price on what they do. How can you put a price on saving someone’s life? In my case they literally saved my life and my child’s. Te Whakaora is brave enough to confront those really hard ugly issues.
[As a child] I hated being sick, even now it sets off triggers, because Dad had access to me. The sexual abuse went on for years. I [would] look at his face and think you're not even my dad, you're a monster. I took
[As I got older, a brothel] welcomed me in and said they would take care of me. In those rooms I was in control. I became very hard, unapproachable... [I ended up running] several brothels and became one of Auckland's most successful operators.
My partner and I got us to the most horrible point in our relationship. We became P addicts.
Before you know it you're being thrown up against walls, body imprints on the fridge, bloodied claw marks on
Had I not met Cliffy [from Te Whakaora] that day I don't know, I don't know… all hope was gone. I was dying, my baby was dying. I was in a hopeless and helpless situation, I couldn't even think of a way out. I don't think I would be here today...
I wouldn't have believed it was possible [for me and my partner]. I thought this life was for other people not me.
FORMER PROSTITUTE AND P ADDICT
(She has since established an environmental group.)