No one actually knows how many people like Mary are in Seattle. Nor is it easy to estimate the number of women, men, or children who are forced into sex work. But King County prosecuting attorney Dan Satterberg argues that self-employed sex workers like Mary are a tiny minority. In January, at an anti-trafficking event held at Town Hall, he said that people like Mary make up just 1 percent of the sex-worker population: "If there is 1 percent of women who are being sold in prostitution who are happy with that life, if 1 percent—I don't think I've ever met anyone who is—but if there is 1 percent of them, that doesn't mean we should turn our backs to the 99 percent of them who continue to be abused in our community."

posted by ButterflyEffect: 1641 days ago