Kerry Porth was born in Vancouver and completed a undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University in 1986. She then worked in university administration for 15 years before her addiction to heroin and cocaine led her to the sex trade at the age of 34. After exiting the sex trade and ceasing drug use in 2004, Kerry was the Executive Director for PACE (Providing Alternatives, Counselling & Education) Society in Vancouver’s downtown east side from 2006 to 2012. A passionate human rights activist, Kerry is a well-respected educator who regularly lectures at colleges and universities about the sex trade. She also takes a keen interest in harm reduction, drug policy, poverty, housing issues and adoption. Kerry writes from Vancouver, BC.