Reading this myopic crap makes me grateful that I do not know you. David would have been better off to simply exit the car and leave you to yourself. Diva? Probably. Raving bitch? Without question.
What an enchanting article! So off-beat. I love reading such crazy, quirky stuff like this. For a story. Real life? That's a little different. Then we get into some christians doing this in....what? Name of God? So what? They can build more churches on ill-gained money? Doesn't that seem just outrageously hypocritical? And very manipulative. I mean in some ways, I gotta give these Christians a high five. To have such breathtaking cajones to manipulate the word of God to their own liking. Extraordinarily creative rationalization going on here. I'm not even a Christian. But I love to rationalize. And that is some ingenious rationalizing,
If this story is non-fiction, this writer Jessica is a non-friend.
A trashy and selfish person.
I don’t know the writer, but I do know many Kelly’s and their stories are those of being sold a dream of sorts…love, companionship, a life together, only to learn that Mr. Right is Mr. I Want to Turn You Out on the Street for my financial gain. It is very rare that a minor or young adult woman would want the life of being paid for sex only to have to turn it over to her pimp. I would not be too quick to judge the Kelly’s of the world, as there are many right her in San Diego, but instead ask…what got you to this place? How can I help? Where do we find services? You can start by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline (888) 373-7888, or the local BSCC Hotline (619) 666-2757. You could also educate yourself on the issues of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. Shared Hope International and Polaris Project are great international resources that understand the domestic issue as well.
Congratulations Jessica! You have now further exploited your friend by sharing her story with thousands of readers. You got your 15 minutes of fame! And since you chose to share your name, people can connect the dots and figure out who this "Kelly" really is. I'm sure her parents are thrilled to see this! Instead of exploiting your friend, you should have taken the opportunity to learn about sex trafficking, seeing her as a victim instead of one of your many inappropriate terms "hooker, whore, prostitute" used in your article. Sex trafficking is real, and it's scary. Instead of being sympathetic, you have chosen to write a sensationalized story of your friend's victimization. I hope "Kelly" is safe and finds the services she needs to start a new life, and I hope to God she finds new friends!
I am “Greg”, “Kelly’s” dad. Yesterday I received a call from my distressed daughter informing me that high school friends were calling her about an article printed in the Reader written by her friend, Jessica Swenke. It is an understatement to say that she is devastated by the betrayal of the trust she placed in Jess.
your acting like woah is you. looks like you threw your friend under the bus for a little extra change. its really pathetic how you act like you were the victim when you are forgetting who really is. god help anyone who is your friend
I'm glad to see other readers share my dismayed sentiment. What a putz for a friend! And shame on you, Reader, for even printing this. I'm sorry, how old is this girl? Thirteen? Sounds like it. She has a lot of nerve to write about something she knows nothing about. I understand she is telling her own personal experiences...I get it. But this "friend" did not even once attempt to understand what her friend-turned-prostitue was going through. Her ignorant disdain is so in line with this schmaltzy magazine, the Reader, though. The Reader has stubbornly stuck to allowing even the most medicore and poorly educated writers a forum to show their ill-concieved arrogance. She acts like she tried oh so hard, but just had to give up on Kelly, for her own mental health. Wow. Girl didn't even know what "manic" meant. Knows nothing about how these poor girls get their self-esteem literally beaten out of them by these pimps. Never once through the article, thought about maybe doing just a little research into human trafficking, drug addiction, bi-polar...One commenter said she was, "expoitive." Like it isn't bad enough to be exploited by pimps, now we have the Reader and her ostensible "friend" exploiting her as well. I learned nothing significant from this article 'cept how insensitive middle class suburban beorgious people can be, and how lame the Reader is to publish it.
oh jeez, more sanctimonious drivel. seriously? now blame it on the parents? what? parents need to stay together and make themselves and more importantly their kids miserable in order to prevent things of this terrible magnitude happening? she never was her BFF. she never stayed around long enough to even "enable" kelly. i object to her shallowness and her exploitation of kelly. call me disturbing, couldn't care less.
Vincent Farnsworth 4:30 p.m., March 15
Ed Bedford 2 p.m., March 15
Eva Knott 11:30 a.m., March 15
Marty Graham 10:30 a.m., March 15
Brandon Hernández 9 a.m., March 15
Don Bauder 5:30 p.m., March 14
David Batterson 4:30 p.m., March 14
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