A former prostitute is lifting the lid on the trauma she endured during the two decades she spent as a sex worker, saying she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped, beaten, and kidnapped over the years.
Ashley Clark Huffman, who is believed to be from the U.S., has candidly opened up about her struggles with sex abuse, drug addiction, homelessness, and incarceration in the eye-opening videos posted on her TikTok page, @trashley_anonymous.
In her most popular clip, which has been viewed more than 15 million times, the 30-something mother of five exposed the ‘long-term effects’ of prostituting for 20 years, naming PTSD, night terrors, low sex drive, and problems with being affectionate.
Candid: Ashley Clark Huffman, who is believed to be from the U.S., has candidly opened up about her trauma as a former prostitute in her eye-opening TikTok videos
Keeping it real: In her most popular clip, which has been viewed more than 15 million times, she exposed the ‘long-term effects’ of prostituting for 20 years
According to her other videos, Huffman suffered from severe childhood trauma, including the death of her parents when she was a baby and sexual abuse at the hands of her older brothers.
She said that she started prostituting when she was just 14 years old, shortly after her grandfather died and she moved in with her aunt.
Huffman recalled how she got pregnant after her ‘first crush’ raped her and gave the baby up for adoption, thinking that was what was best for him. She said her son is now ‘sitting in county jail on a murder charge’ ahead of his 20th birthday.
She was filled with self-loathing at the time and believes she may have been trying to fill a void in her life when she started soliciting ‘older, disgusting men’ she met on AOL chatrooms.
The TikToker explained that she would have her aunt drop her off at the movies or mall and have the men meet her there. She would go off with them and be back by the time her aunt came to pick her up.
‘No one knew what I was doing — absolutely nobody,’ she insisted.
Honest: The 30-something mother of five has detailed her struggles with sex abuse, drug addiction, homelessness, and incarceration while hitting back at critics
Hard life: Huffman explained that she turned to prostitution when she was just 14 years old and didn’t quit until she got out of jail in 2018
In another popular video, she listed all the horrific things that happened to her during her time as a prostitute, saying she was ‘kidnapped and beaten,’ ‘caught multiple STDs,’ and suffered ‘countless rapes.’
Huffman admitted that she had an easier time quitting drugs than prostitution in December 2018, saying they were ‘two totally different things.’
She explained that she was given methadone when she first stopped doing drugs, and now she takes Suboxone, a prescription medicine used to treat opioid addiction.
‘So I’m able to get up every morning and take a couple of Suboxone f**king tablets and be completely fine,’ she said. ‘But with prostituting, you don’t have a magic f**king pill to take. Like literally it f**ks with mentally.
‘I will literally be asleep, dead asleep and I would just start screaming. Like my daughter can hear me all the way upstairs sometimes. And I don’t even know that I’m f**king doing it.’
Issues: Nearly three years later, the mom said she still has PTSD, night terrors, low sex drive, and problems with being affectionate
Going viral: In another one popular video, she listed all the horrific things that happened to her during her time as a sex worker
Painful memories: Huffman said she was ‘kidnapped and beaten,’ ‘caught multiple STDs,’ and suffered ‘countless rapes’ during her time as a prostitute
Huffman also admitted to her own wrongdoings, saying she ‘robbed so many clients,’ ‘blackmailed married men,’ and even ‘stabbed’ someone when she was a prostitute.
She explained in a follow-up video that she met the guy on the street and went up to his apartment with him. When he started doing drugs and ‘going crazy,’ she tried to leave, but he pushed her onto the bed.
According to Huffman, they got into a physical altercation, and when he whipped off his belt and grabbed her, she reached for the blade she kept in her pocket and stabbed him before walking out.
In addition to her son who was put up for adoption, she has four other children, a 15-year-old daughter and three younger children whom her ex-husband has custody of.
Huffman, who now lives with her wife and eldest daughter, explained that he got full custody of their children because she was still incarcerated when their divorce was finalized in March 2018.
Not holding back: Huffman also admitted to her own wrongdoings, saying she ‘robbed so many clients,’ ‘blackmailed married men,’ and even ‘stabbed’ someone
Life changes: Huffman admitted it was hard not being able to make ‘$1,000 for 30 minutes’ of sex work after she quit prostitution
She said she quit drugs and prostitution months later and admitted in the first year it was hard not being able to make ‘$1,000 for 30 minutes’ of sex work. She is now n a custody battle with her ex, who allegedly kept her youngest three kids — who are nine, eight, and six — away from her for months.
‘It literally sucked the life out of me,’ she said of her time as a prostitute. ‘It made me become a hateful, deceiving, disgusting, lifeless person. I was raped countless times. Like I literally lost count. I was literally kidnapped at one point and beaten.
‘I had to defend myself, and that’s how the stabbing happened. Even after I had quit everything…I still struggle today. Not with the drugs but the prostitution. I struggle with PTSD, night terrors. I literally scream in my sleep.’
The comments on her brutally honest posts have been mixed, with some being quick to shame the mom for her mistakes. Others, however, were more sympathetic and praised her for sharing her story.
‘I wish you all the love and happiness that this world has to offer,’ one TikTok user wrote, while another added: ‘You are not your trauma, your past choices, or the expectations of others. You’re fierce and beautiful and I stand with you.’