Lisa, Salt Lake, Utah

Interview By Sasha Abramsky | Posted Monday June 18, 2012

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Four years ago, at the start of the recession, “Lisa,” a college educated divorcee, lost her well-paying job as an analyst for a retail packaging company. Despite her unemployment checks, she ran out of money, lost her home, her car, and her health insurance. Middle-aged and broke, with two grown daughters also out of work, Lisa tried to reinvent herself by moving from Salt Lake City to Boulder, Colorado, where she had several friends. In Colorado, too, she found the job market tight. She returned to Utah. Within months, she had turned to prostitution to pay her bills and keep herself from homelessness. Here, she describes a situation she had never imagined she would find herself in.

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