Sheila Faye Simpkins used to work as a prostitute in Nashville, Tennessee, and her pimp beat her up periodically with sticks or iron rods. She was arrested 200 times; her pimps, zero. But she was able to escape with the help of a remarkable two-year residential program, Magdalene, that paired with a business, Thistle Farms, which teaches dozens of women valuable work skills, has helped many women like Sheila.Learn more about Sheila and Thistle Farms in Nicholas Kristof’s latest column.

Sheila Faye Simpkins used to work as a prostitute in Nashville, Tennessee, and her pimp beat her up periodically with sticks or iron rods. She was arrested 200 times; her pimps, zero. But she was able to escape with the help of a remarkable two-year residential program, Magdalene, that paired with a business, Thistle Farms, which teaches dozens of women valuable work skills, has helped many women like Sheila.

Learn more about Sheila and Thistle Farms in Nicholas Kristof’s latest column.

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