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I saw the movie #Hustlers for a third time.

My thoughts center the character Destiny, #fostercare #kinship and #sexwork

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In the movie #Hustlers we see that Destiny was raised by her grandmother who was on a fixed income and not in the best health.

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork
Destiny became an adult and worked as a #stripper a legal form of #sexwork

I really identified with her character as our stories and experiences of aging out mirrored eachothers.

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork #socialwork
In 2007 I was one of the 23,000 young people who aged out of #fostercare.

#kinship #sexwork #fostercare

nfyi.org/51-useful-agin…
I aged out with no high school diploma which is common for #fosteryouth.

Only 30.7 % of #fostercare youth get a high school diploma.

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork

foster-care-newsletter.com/foster-youth-g…
Unemployment is rampant among former foster youth as highlighted in this article.

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork

childrensrights.org/unemployment-r…
The 2007 #recession was so hard for more many Americans but was brutal for #fostercare youth.

A study found that
former foster youth were nearly 3 times more likely than other youth to be out of work and school during the #recession
Given that I am a black woman too the 2007 #recession severely affected me.

I was rejected from the countless jobs I applied too.

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork
One night, I walked into Lisa's Cabaret in Akron, OH and made $500 from one guy. With no hesitation I joined
While I danced I often reunited with former roommates and foster sisters at the stripclub. Like

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork
I also learned that many of my colleagues experienced #fostercare too! Even when I traveled to other states, it was the same story.
I'm curious about the relationship between former #fostercare youth and #sexwork which is why I made it my first #research study.

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork
I entered my #msw program with an interest on #fostercare and my multicultural #sexed seminar expanded my interests to #sexwork too.
Destiny and myself represent the countless #fostercare youth whose circumstances lead them to #sexwork.

We deserve humanity and respect too!

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork
I hope this thread gave insight into how they child welfare system and #fostercare fails it youth.

Grooming children to be victims vs building them to be resilient.

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork
To all my followers just know moving forward I will be tweeting about #sexwork #decriminalization #supportsexworkers with my usual content.

If it makes you uncomfortable unfollow me.
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