Job Description At Wells Fargo, our vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.In this role, you will help us deliver on our vision and build lifelong relationships with our customers.(Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News) The first time Amber Batts traded sex for money, she said, she was 30. (Men, though, still account for the majority of sex-trafficking offenders.) When I pulled Batts' file, I had also been following the case of Troy Williams and Heidi Ross, accused in 2015 of torturing women and forcing them to have sex.She had two small children, her husband at the time was hurt at work, she said, and they needed money. He gave her the rundown: always get the money up front; don't do anything extra without a condom; don't do anything that doesn't feel safe; let somebody else know where you are. That's what I thought of as sex trafficking: force and a lack of consent. As I researched, though, I saw changes to the law in 2012 had struck the word "prostitution" from statutes and replaced it with "sex trafficking." Batts was charged with a crime that had formerly been called "promoting prostitution," but is now called second-degree sex trafficking.Amber Batts, photographed in her room at the Glenwood Center halfway house in Anchorage on Thursday, Nov. Batts pleaded guilty and was convicted of sex trafficking in 2015. I contacted her in jail and, over a few visits, she told me about her life and how she understood sex work in Alaska.(Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News) Amber Batts, photographed in her room at the Glenwood Center halfway house in Anchorage on Thursday, Nov. Batts pleaded guilty and was convicted of sex trafficking in 2015. Our conversations underscored what I heard from advocates and investigators: Many women involved in the sex trade come to it as victims of abuse and exploitation and, eventually, a few, like Amber, may become perpetrators of abuse or exploitation themselves.It was like their Cheers: We knew their names, they knew ours; they had their favorite seats and their favorite girls. You either went to the local tattoo shop, this one dive bar, or our club, The Showboat, where you could see nice-looking girls and enjoy the fireplace. I looked in the rearview mirror, saw my blackened eyes, and realized I was going to die. That's when I quit cold turkey and started going to NA meetings. Somehow, in my 14-year-old mind, meth was a great diet drug.
I was like, "Who's going to pay for a dance with She was such a tough bitch. I used most of it to pay some of the parking tickets, but spent a little on a hot new lipstick, too. One night, Mexican immigration busted the club and arrested the American girls who didn't have work visas. I told my family that I was going to be a showgirl in the wilderness.The first session of each week focuses on participants learning new skills.The second session centers on applying these new skills in a community setting. Staff attend a 2-day facilitator workshop in person or using distance technology to learn how to deliver program content. I started using meth at 14—my parents were divorced, my grades and self-esteem were in the toilet, and my weight seemed like the one thing I could control.Then my boyfriend and I broke up and I lost my job at a record store and my car was taken away because I had been driving on a suspended license, and I kept getting parking ticket after parking ticket. It was all happening at once: the boyfriend, the job, the car, the money. I went to the only person who could understand my situation: Raven*. We just I didn't see stripping as potentially dangerous. All that laughter and music and beautiful women…and the promise of cash.