When we talk about prostitution we often do not talk enough about dissociation. How does dissociation affect people in and after they escape prostitution? When women and girls in prostitution have to dissociate their feelings away, they always dissociate more and more of their whole self away – until their self is gone. If the brain has constantly trained this mechanism of “I-go-away-from-this-moment-here”, then the dissociation can start to work automatically. Sometimes it does not stop after the women exit prostitution. It did not stop when I exited prostitution. How can people connect with themselves after they have lost themselves? I want to talk about my healing process. How can we support the healing journeys of prostituted women to overcome dissociation and trauma?
Furthermore: dissociation concerns our whole society. How? And what is dissociation in its deep essence?
Objectives or Takeaway Ideas:
- How dissociation affects women in prostitution
- How dissociation affects women after exiting prostitution
- How to overcome trauma-related dissociation
Sandra Norak is 29 years old. She was trafficked into prostitution through “Loverboy-Method” and spent 6 years in prostitution.
Now she is about to finish law studies in Germany, specializing in European and Public International Law, focusing on Human Rights. She works to raise awareness about the system of prostitution and different forms of human trafficking, like the “Loverboy-Method,” and she is pushing for the Nordic Model. She is also doing prevention work in schools to teach young boys and girls about the reality of prostitution and how young women and girls can identify and protect themselves from “Loverboys.”
She was part of the German TV documentary “Brothel Germany—The Billion-Dollar Business in Prostitution.” Her homepage is: mylifeinprostitution.wordpress.com
This presentation was given at the 2019 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit: EndExploitationSummit.com