A Lancashire woman who worked as an escort says childhood abuse pushed her towards the sex industry.
Born Rhiannon Maeve Day, Maeve Moon was just four years old when she was sexually abused by a teenage girl.
The former sex-worker, from Burnley, now believes that this early trauma would push her towards viewing escorting as a viable means to make money, with no fear for the long terms consequences.
At just 18, Maeve entered into a life of escorting, sometimes earning more than £1,000 a day through sex work.
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Maeve, who now runs Profit From Trauma, supporting people who suffer from trauma and addiction, turned her life around in 2019 after believing that she had been on road towards misery for too long.
Now a qualified trauma coach, Maeve - who waived her legal right to anonymity to speak out - spends her time helping others while working towards becoming a professional psychotherapist.
"I shouldn't have never ended up on that path in life," the 23-year-old told LancsLive.
"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.
"I had been informed about escorting as a younger girl and I decided to give it go.
"I also idolised money as a form of connection with people, I couldn't connect with people in any other way."
Maeve was just five years old when she was sexually abused by a teenage girl.
Maeve said: "I was too young to really articulate what was going on and I remember telling my mum that me and the girl had a secret.
"But I don’t think my mum realised what was actually happening.
"At this point I thought my body was for the sexual use of others and if I didn't want to do that then I was in deep trouble."
Maeve was sexually abused for a second time aged 16 when she was date-raped by an older man.
The man had used social media to groom Maeve before meeting up with the teen, drugging her and raping her in his car.
Maeve said: "My abuse was never addressed; at five I never had any therapy after I was abused. I was never told it wasn't right, I just internalised it.
"At 16 there was no follow-up, no therapy, no help; I was just forgotten about."
Maeve began working as a sugar baby at 18, agreeing to date older men in exchange for money.
This later changed to escorting, as Maeve realised that she had no time to commit herself to the full-time relationships that came with being a sugar baby.
Maeve admits that the trauma she suffered as a young girl led her to see her own body as a commodity.
She said: "When I became an escort I didn't question the nature of it, I didn't have an attachment to my own body.
"I didn't think it was sacred; nobody had ever told me that. I just thought: 'You can use this to get money' it was a useable commodity.
"It made sense, it made financial sense but it led me down a dark road; I didn't care what people did to me as long as I got money."
Maeve began by escorting while she was studying in Surrey before training to become a dominatrix.
She quickly learned that paid sex work had its dark side.
"People are paying you a lot of money for a service," she said.
"If it gets to the point where you feel like things have got out of hand and you want to stop; saying no is really hard.
"You end up switching yourself and letting it happen."
Maeve moved on to working out of a number of illegal brothels across England; considering them safer than her previous set-up.
Now in her early 20s ,she had become addicted to cannabis and had developed issues with binge-eating and bulimia.
Maeve said: "I was juggling quite a lot of issues.
"That addiction took over my life, I had gone through an extended period where I couldn't work but I still needed weed.
"I would let men visit me from Tinder; if they brought me weed they could do anything to me. Addiction came before anything else."
Maeve spent a long time trying to leave the sex industry but ended up feeling trapped by her own circumstances.
In 2019, Maeve was at her lowest ebb.
"I had just been kicked out of a brothel," she said.
"I had pelvic inflammatory disease, copper poisoning from my coil, a weed addiction and a central London flat to pay for.
"I remember opening my apartment door and thinking: 'I hate my life, this is it, this is the end of my life'."
Maeve went on a spiritual retreat which says opened her up to new ways of thinking, giving her an overall understanding of the life she had led to that point.
She gave up on the sex industry and drugs immediately amd set-up Profit From Trauma soon after; using her online presence to warn others about the dangers of the sex industry.
Maeve said: "Escorts usually say that it's a means to an end, they're doing it for the rent, to pay for uni, to get more money.
"But 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.
"Whether its drugs, booze, shopping, holidays; you spend more money numbing yourself.
"The most important thing a young person tempted by sex work should know is this: If money was no object, is this really what you would like to be doing with your life?
"If you force your body to have sex with someone you wouldn't have sex with if money was involved, then it's damaging."
Maeve is now two years sober and a qualified therapeutic trauma coach.
She is currently raising funds so that she can undertake a Gabor Mate Compassionate Enquiry Course and hopes to one day work as a psychotherapist.
You can donate to Maeve's GoFundMe campaign here.
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