Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly called Prostitutes Anonymous) was founded in August of 1987 by J.L. Williams in Los Angeles, California. This was back before anyone even heard the terms "sex trafficking" because no one believed that such things existed in reality back in 1987. The term "sex trafficking" is actually a confusing one because it's even hard sometimes to draw the line about where "force" and "coercion" is involved sometimes because it's not always done with handcuffs and guns. Many men and women do not feel they were "forced" in any way to be in some area of the sex industry. Some will even argue what they are doing isn't even "prostitution". When a woman from a popular site where the men pay women monthly for their "services" was quoted by a newspaper as saying "I'm not a prostitute because I don't get paid for the hour and I don't walk the streets" even the very definition of prostitution can be hazy for some. For this reason, we define our members as "a man or woman, of any age, race, gender, religion or sexual identity, who for any reason, feels they want to leave the sex industry whether that be prostitution, stripping, pornography, phone sex, web cams, mistressing, madaming, pimping, or any form of exchange for sex, or a sexually related activity, where there is a form of exchange whether that exchange be money, services, favors or goods - and that person wants help and support in leaving and healing from whatever this activity has been for them. One does not have to feel they are "addicted" to the sex industry despite our name. There are other 12 Step groups such as "Divorce Anonymous" where the members are there to support each other through a divorce - and not there because they are "addicted to divorce". This does not mean however no one is addicted to sex work. If you've ever catch the TV show "Strange Addiction" you know that people can become "addicted" to anything whether it's eating baby power, sniffing gasoline, or drinking paint even. So yes some can be "addicted", but that is not a requirement for membership. The only "requirement for membership" with us is a "desire to leave the sex industry - and find recovery". If you feel this is you - then please call our hotline at (702) 498-6211 Internationally or (888) 253-9619 Toll free or collect from any payphone. Our phone is answered 24/7 by another recovering member of our program. All calls are confidential and we are not connected with law enforcement in any way, shape or form.