Minouche Kandel


Kay is a former prostitute. She first started hooking to support her boyfriend's heroin addiction. Later, she worked the streets of Boston and New York to support her own drug habit. Once on the street, heroin helped make her experience more tolerable. Kay generally made between $200 and $300 a night, for roughly five hours' work, but any money earned was immediately spent on drugs. In time, Kay was arrested and sentenced to serve three months at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham (MCI-Framingham). Incarceration cost her the job as a university administrator she had held for fourteen years. While in prison, Kay received no counseling for her drug addiction and her already low self-esteem dropped still further. Upon release, Kay again turned to drugs. Her addiction worsened. Out of work and out of money, she returned to prostitution.

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