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Out of the harem, into the fire

My relationship with my parents didn’t end because of my sex work — it ended because I wrote about it

TUESDAY, FEB 21, 2012

This article is the first in a series of oral histories by current and former sex workers, in which they describe the moment they came out to their families about their work.
Jillian Lauren

Jillian Lauren

Two years ago, I published a book about my life working in a harem in Brunei. Afterward, everything happened that I was afraid was going to happen. The very first piece of press came out and my mother couldn’t handle it. She called me and said she needed some space. I guess she needed a lot of space because she and my father stopped talking to me entirely.

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