“I first got on a street when I was sixteen. I was an unwanted child, my mum was alcoholic and he used to beat me since I was little. I didn’t have any siblings so I didn’t have anyone to turn to, so I ran from home. At that time I remember seeing some homeless people on my way to school, even young ones, so I though I would manage as well. But quickly I learned how hard it was. I got to Prague but being only sixteen, I couldn’t find a job, not even a holiday job. I couldn’t beg, didn’t want to steal so I could only sell myself. Some idiots soon found me in the Prague Central Train Station. They offered me a place to sleep but instead of it they slapped me. They took me to Teplice and sold me to local pimps. They held me in an apartment for three months and I had to stand by the roads at nights. It was half a year from the moment I ran away from home. We were guarded all the time so it was impossible to escape. Once a client paid for the whole night and I asked him if he could take me to tha train station. He took me to Prague instead and gave me one hundred and fifty Marks to have something to live from. I was very careful afterwards. I didn’t trust anyone who just offered me a place to stay, I always turned it down.”
“Hardly anyone remains clean while living on a street. Alcohol and drugs help one forget the problems. And there are so many! One wakes up and thinks where to get money to live from during the day. If one becomes a drug addict, it’s all about finding money for another shot. I used to live like this for nineteen years with a four-year-long break when I got married. When I met my ex-husband, it was good for six months but once he gave me an option: We don’t have any money, try to get some. He knew what I had done in the past. So it gradually turned into living with a pimp instead of a boyfriend. Then I got pregnant and we got married. It was OK for some time but after my daughter was born, it started again. I took care of our baby-girl during the day and worked as a prostitute at night. It was unbearable. With my experience of being with my mum, I tried really hard not to show anything to my daughter. I tried to dedicate to her fully. I have never beat her. Today she lives with her dad.”
Příběh je součástí série o lidech, kteří se ocitli v takzvané „bytové nouzi“, tak jak ji definuje připravovaný zákon o sociálním bydlení. O jeho přijetí se dlouhodobě zasazuje Platforma pro sociální bydlení.
The story is a part of a series on people who got into a situation of a so-called „housing crisis“, as defined by the Law on Social Housing that is being prepared now in the Czech republic. The passing of the Law has been advocated by Platforma pro sociální bydlení for a long time.