Prior to entering prostitution at age 23, Damita Love was in the United States Army Reserve and was a farm analyst for a city assessor’s office. In “the life” for 26 years, she suffered numerous hardships, including losing her children and going to jail. She also spent time in drug treatment programs and mental health facilities. Working to change her life for her young granddaughter, whose growing up she wanted to be an essential part of, she has been sober and out of “the life” for six years.
“The struggle is real and it’s scary. It is like dancing with the devil; it takes your soul away if you allow it.”