One woman's story of escape from drug addiction, prostitution and abuse to a new life
Raised by a bohemian mother in a succession of squats and communes, Rhea Coombs never felt she truly belonged anywhere. Her feeling of isolation only intensified in her teens when she became involved in drugs and prostitution. Then, at just sixteen, Rhea found herself pregnant and fled to London to escape her abusive partner. Within a few years she was using crack heavily and was forced to give up her children.
With her children gone, Rhea became trapped in a world of drugs and prostitution, finally ending up running a crack house. Through it all she never stopped loving her children. This is the shocking yet moving story of how Rhea survived in the underworld and escaped to rebuild her life, regain custody of her children, and begin to help others.
Rhea Coombs has stopped using drugs and selling sex, and now works for a church-based charity in London that helps disadvantaged people, including women involved in prostitution. Rhea's son is sixteen, and her daughter is nine years old.
Diane Taylor is a freelance journalist living in London. This is her second book.show more