Anne Bissell, a third-generation writer and former
technical writer in the computer industry, has a Bachelor of Arts
(Visual Performing Arts/Journalism) from the University of Maryland.
She has worked for well over fifteen years as a professional writer,
and has also earned a certificate in writing from the University
of California, San Diego. She is the author of the popular new book
"Memoirs of a sex Industry Survivor."
Bissell has studied women in the sex industry for over two decades.
She has worked successfully with women in the criminal justice system
with the mission to help them get out of prostitution.
She lives with her husband and son in Southern California.
1. What inspired you to write your book?
2. What motivates teens to get involved in prostitution?
3. What are the signs of teen involvement in designer sex?
4. Are women forced to have sex as a "slave"?
5. How do your recovery groups work?
6. What advice would you give parents today?
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||Like many teenage girls, cute,
blond and chatty 17-year-old Stacey likes to hang out after school
at the Mall. One day last summer, Stacey was approached by a well
dressed older guy who told her how pretty she was, and asked if he
could buy her some clothes. He said he just wanted to see me
in the clothes. Stacey agreed, and went home that night with
a $250 outfit. This was her first designer sex experience.
Stacey learned a lesson: Potentially good sex is a small
price to pay for the freedom to spend money on what I want.
The easiest way was to offer her body in trade. To her parents Stacey
acted like a normal 17 year-old. She lives with them in an upscale
middle class neighborhood. Away from home, she began stripping for
men in hotel rooms in exchange for money to buy clothesthen
went on to more intimate activities. She placed ads on a local personals
service, offering wealthy, generous men an evening
of fun for $400. All the while telling her parents she was
with friends or at the mall.
Teen prostitution, what was once thought as a problem for
the poor lower class has now crossed over into mainstream middle-class
America. These kids have no idea as to the devastating effects their
live for the moment attitude will have on them in the
future. says Anne Bissell, an author and a leading expert
on the subject. Anne continued: Young middle class teenage
girls are lured into designer sex by the desire for
power, glamour, money, designer clothes, cell phones, attention,
and simply for the thrill of it. They give the outright impression
of being normal teenagers. They have friends, get good grades, play
sports, and theyre home before their curfew- making their
risqué activities very difficult to detect for suspecting
Law-enforcement officials have noted a marked increase in teen
prostitution in cities across the country. Richard Estes, a University
of Pennsylvania researcher, states the so-called designer
sex is becoming more common in cities across the country.
Although solid statistics are hard to come by, what is known is
the recorded incidences of teen prostitution from kids in middle-
to upper-middle-class is nearly twice what it was three years ago.
Its a silent epidemic and growing says Bissell,
author of the popular new book Memoirs of a Sex Industry Survivor
(2004 Cleopatra International Publications ISBN 0-9746060-0-6) which
is part of the Juliet West Trilogy. Her new book is an exposé
into the sex industry and the consequent negative effects it has
on the lost souls in The Life.
But more than a mere author, Anne is an activist who has lit a
revolution. She has dedicated her life to deglamourizing the multi-billion
dollar sex industry while rehabilitating its victims and the victims
of sexual abuse. Through the global networks of groups and organizations
she has championed or supports, Anne is able to provide direction
to both young and old victims and pivotal help that is necessary
for recovery. Anne is the founder of Sex Industry Survivors Anonymous,
co-founder of Sexual Abuse Survivors in Recovery Anonymous and is
a member of the Rescue and Restore Coalition. Bissell is currently
expanding the networks to the top 200 markets in the United States
and into Canada.
Among the topics that Anne is an expert and discusses:
Minors in the sex industry
The link between sexual abused teens and prostitution
Sex industry and sexual abuse recovery
Sex Trafficking/Sex Slavery