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Jessica has been a sexually exploited child who no longer views herself as a victim, but now views herself a survivor. She has a deep understanding that there is a process that varies for each person when exiting from the sex trade, as her own process has been unique t1o her life circumstances, and with finding her own individuality.

She now works full time as a waitress in a strip club and uses this as a form of harm reduction from her former work as an exotic dancer working in the sex trade.

She is a graduated from college with honors, in 2007. Jessica is now pursuing her career as an addiction oriented social worker, which looks into both the personal and social aspects of the effects of addiction as it relates to prostitution.

Jessica remains an asset to many different professional settings with regards to activism, and frontline work surrounding prostitution and addiction issues. In addition, she has experience as a peer speaker and support worker, a peer workshop facilitator, and a community awareness representative.

Jessica is a true inspiration to so many, she has taken back her power in her life by talking responsibility… turning negatives into positives. She has a huge desire to help support others out of the sex trade and a burning passion that thrives within to help. She wants to help others by dispelling personal bias and stereotypes attached to people who are involved with sex work, and she does this by sharing her story to those who wish to listen and learn.

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Stress plagues sex-trade workers
By Shelia Dabu, Toronto Star

"Falle and Jessica Lourenco, a fellow survivor of post-traumatic stress disorder, are eager to speak out about the trauma they experienced in their former profession. They say they are among countless numbers of women who acquire the disorder while working as prostitutes. Sex workers who have been assaulted are afraid to report the attacks, let alone disclose the trauma they cause, and most with post-traumatic stress disorder go undiagnosed and untreated, advocates say."

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