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
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.
Anne has been a guest on scores of radio and TV Shows including
FOX Network News.
1. What inspired you to write your book?
2. What motivates teens to get involved in prostitution?
3. Are women forced to have sex as a slave?
4. Just how large is the sex trafficking trade.
5. How do your recovery groups work?
6. What advice would you give parents today?
||Its a little known fact
that at least one out of every hundred children under the age of eighteen
is involved in sexually exploitive activities. Even more concerning
is that the average age of entry into prostitution is 14! For a third
world country these are not earth shattering statistics - but these
are facts on American teenagers from all walks of life!
Child prostitution has no socioeconomic barriers. What was once
thought as a problem for the poor lower class has now crossed over
into mainstream America. The pimps and madams have become more sophisticated.
They recruit in malls, arcades, entertainment centers, at tourist
attractions and concerts. Children are lured with promises of glamour,
wealth, designer clothes, fancy cars, exotic trips, and exclusive
nightclubs. Thousands of children are victimized by this horrible
con game every year.
Its a silent epidemic says Anne Bissell, a victim
of the con, and a leading expert on the subject. Bissell is the
author of the popular new book Memoirs of a Sex Industry Survivor
(2004 Cleopatra International Publications) which is part of the
Juliet West Trilogy. Her new book is an expose 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