Former sex worker answers why prostitutes stay on streets

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kristy Childs worked the streets for 24 years. She said she was assaulted, beaten, raped and even robbed.

Childs said she feared for her life every time she got into a car with a stranger. But she said you have no other choice -- or options -- when it's the only thing you can do to survive.

"You never know when the next assault is gonna happen. When the next guy is gonna be the one that takes you all the way out," she said.

Childs now helps women who are still in the life or are trying to leave the life with an organization she founded in 2000 called Veronica's Voice.

"[The crime] is always a great concern. And that's why we keep track of men who assault women. And we pass that information out.  We post it in our safe center."

FOX 4's Macradee Aegerter has more.

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