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A former technical writer and corporate communications manager in the high-tech industry for over fifteen years, Anne Bissell is the first author/activist and sex-industry survivor to bring out the connections between childhood sexual exploitation, domestic prostitution and international trafficking. "All of these are part of a continuum of sexual crimes that involve turning an actual person into a thing, a commodity. That which becomes a commodity is eventually disposable." Bissell, a prostituted teen and survivor of horrific sexual abuse, understands at a deep level how the sex industry collaborates to enslave both the participants and the customers. The founder of Sex Industry Survivors Anonymous (SISA), and the executive director of the nonprofit Voices for Justice, Bissell is also the author of the autobiographical book, Memoirs of a Sex Industry Survivor. The book, and the Sex Industry Survivors Anonymous groups, is like acid tossed upon the glamour associated with the sex industry. There are now Sex Industry Survivors meetings going all over the United States, and some are being formed in Canada and Russia. In cities such as Detroit, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston, there are twenty affiliations between SISA and the Department of Health and Human Services Rescue and Restore Campaign to end sexual trafficking.
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