She was scared, she said. Scared of being sick. And she loves getting high, she said. But she was hopeful. Afterwards? She didn’t see anything different for herself. She would still work the street, but maybe she’d be able to save all the money she spends on heroin.
“Leaving the Life" is a documentary project by Tim Matsui on grassroots efforts to address Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). This project is funded by the Alexa Foundation’s Women’s Initiative Grant. See more posts from this project here.
Caption: Left, Lisa at the Genesis Project facility after being arrested for prostitution. Right, Lisa grabs a last smoke before entering the detox center. (Photos by Tim Matsui courtesy of Alexia Foundation)