The Robe – Women’s Initiative Update from Tim Matsui

Lisa in her robe. Photo by Tim Matsui.

There was one girl, recently, whose story hit me little harder. She was giving a guy oral sex when they walked up to the car. She was 19 and high on heroin. Although she’s a pimp-less ‘renegade,’ she was turned … Continue reading

Graddon – Women’s Initiative Update from Tim Matsui

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The meeting was set up, but not in an “are you available” fashion. The communications officer simply said when it would be. I arrived at SeaTac City Hall on time, then sat outside a locked door observing a receptionist behind … Continue reading

Leslie – Women’s Initiative Update from Tim Matsui

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She offered me tea when I arrived. I accepted; a mug of green. While she prepared it, I looked around her office, an interior room in the building. Her desk was far cleaner than mine, and her book shelf held … Continue reading

OPS – Women’s Initiative Update from Tim Matsui

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I sat, on the end of the row of chairs, feeling like the journalist. The outsider, the observer, the untrusted. Not because my intention is exploitive, but because I don’t directly help people. I tell stories, hoping the people who … Continue reading

JT – Women’s Initiative Update from Tim Matsui

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I met James on a cold, clear night. There was a rally for the homeless in Westlake Park, in downtown Seattle. James was clean and sober and in search of housing. He’s been in and out of prison over the … Continue reading

On Aurora – Women’s Initiative Update from Tim Matsui

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At the end of August, the Alexia Foundation awarded the Women’s Initiative Grant to Tim Matsui to document domestic minor sex trafficking in the Seattle Area. Tim is now well into the project. As he progresses, he will be sharing … Continue reading