BW: How long have you been dating?
Ms B: Thirty years
BW: How’d you get started?
Ms B: Well when I first came to Atlanta I was on Metropolitan. I was a young girl. I was about sixteen. This guy tried to pimp me. It was all older ladies in his little stable and they used to give me money to take back to him. They would tell me, “You don’t need to be doing this. You’re too young to be out here.”
The situation got bad. He beat me and I couldn’t understand that. I didn’t know why he was beating me so it kinda scared me. So, I ran away.
Some way they found out where I was. This guy was letting me stay in his apartment and I would see the car (pimp’s car) go by. They just wasn’t letting up so I called my mother in Kentucky and she wired me a bus ticket and I never seen them people again.
I stayed for about a year. Then I came back and signed up for Job Corps. Started hanging out with this crew, started skipping school, staying out late, till they kicked me out. I wasn’t doing drugs then, just drinking. I didn’t start doing drugs till I was nineteen.
I moved over to Carver Homes. My next door neighbor was sitting in her kitchen one day and she had a glass with some foil on it. Had a little rock on it. I had never seen a piece of crack before. I said, “What that do to you?” She said, “It makes me feel good.” She should have told me it was very addictive. I said, “What will it do to me?” She said, “I don’t know. You have to try it and see.”
It was the devil.
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