Moneque: When I was young, about twelve, I seen my sister and mother smoking crack together. I seen the spot where they hid the pipe at. I went behind them after they left and tried it. I got hooked. I was sneaking doing drugs when I was twelve, all the way up to now.
My sister used to get dressed up and put on makeup and go out when she was young, prostituting and all that . She had her first child at thirteen. So, I was trying to go with her all the time. Trying to be grown but I was too young and they wouldn’t let me go with her. But when I finally got up in age, I ran away from home and end up doing it myself and getting stuck on the streets.
BW: How old were you when you started [as a sex worker]?
BW: Did guys know you were that young?
Moneque: No. I wore makeup and grown clothes and I lied about my age.
BW: What’s the hardest thing that’s happened on the street?
Moneque: Somebody actually took me way out to Six Flags and took me in the middle of the woods and told me to get on my knees. Told me I might as well say my prayers cause they was fixin’ to shoot me in the head. I started crying and they just left me in the middle of the woods and drove off. But, I thought they was gonna kill me…
BW: Have you ever been clean for any period of time? You started so young…
Moneque: Yeah I have. Actually I was married. I’m still married. I tried to get clean and stay clean. I look really skinny and bad probably right now but let me show you these pictures of me fat and plump and working and doing the right thing. You wouldn’t even know it’s me because the person… I look so beautiful in these pictures I can’t even believe it’s me.
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