Former escort who would earn £1k a day opens up over dark side of sex work

A young woman who worked as an escort for two years has opened up over the 'dark side' of the sex industry.

The former escort says abuse she suffered as a child pushed her towards making the decision to join the career.

Maeve Moon, at just four years old, was sexually abused by a teenage girl and believes the trauma led her to use escorting as a means to make money.

Born Rhiannon Maeve Day, she had no fear for the long-term consequences after taking up the work.

She joined the life of escorting at the young age of 18, and would sometimes earn more than £1,000 a day through sex work, writes LancsLive.

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The now 23-year-old turned her life around in 2019 and runs Profit From Trauma which supports people who suffer from trauma and addiction.

Maeve, who waived her legal right to anonymity to speak of her experience, spends her time helping others while working to becoming a professional psychotherapist.

"I shouldn't have ended up on that path in life," she said.

"I had a traumatic childhood, I ended up being sexually abused as a child and that set up this idea in my head that I didn't need respect for my own body.

"I saw my body as a tool for the sexual gratification of others, as an 18-year-old I was carrying those beliefs with me."

Maeve, from Burnley, explained she was told about escorting as a younger girl and decided to try it, where she "idolised money" as a form of connecting with others.

She opened up about being sexually abused a second time by an older man when she was aged 16.

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She says the man used social media to groom her before meeting up with Maeve, drugging her and raping her in his car.

The qualified trauma coach adds she didn't receive therapy or help following both incidents.

When she turned 18, Maeve began working as a sugar baby and agreeing to date older men in exchange for money.

It later changed to escorting and she realised she had no "attachment" to her body.

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But it led her down a "dark road" after she "didn't care" what people did if they paid her.

She then soon found out the dark side that can come with sex work, especially saying no when people are paying for a service.

Later, she became addicted to cannabis and developed issues with binge-eating and bulimia.

Maeve went on a spiritual retreat where she gained an overall understanding of her life and what led to that point.

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She was able to give up her sex work and beat her addiction to drugs.

Although it can help pay bills, university and provide a means to make money, she says, it isn't always as it seems.

Maeve added: "The reality is you will never make enough money to meet that end because you always have to spend more to forget about your life."

Maeve is now two years sober and a qualified therapeutic trauma coach.

She is raising money to undertake a Gabor Mate Compassionate Enquiry Course and hopes to work as a psychotherapist.

You can donate to Maeve's GoFundMe campaign here.

If you're worried about your health or the health of somebody else, you can contact SEED eating disorder support service on 01482 718130 or on their website, https://seedeatingdisorders.org.uk.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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