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Publisher Description

The shocking story of a young girl forced into prostitution by her own father, and her painful journey to escape her horrific childhood and build a new life for herself and her sons.

Maria's dad was a pimp, living in a world of thieves and street-walkers. Her mother, tiring of turning tricks for her husband, walked out, leaving the children in his chaotic, violent and sometimes cruel care. By the age of nine, Maria's father was abusing her and getting a prostitute friend to dress her up in stockings and make-up. By the time she was fourteen he was selling her on the streets of the red light district in Norwich.

Despite everything Maria still loved her swaggering and sometimes charming father and found it hard to sort out her own feelings. At fifteen she ran away to King's Cross with an older lover who turned out to be just another pimp. Furious at losing a nice little earner her father involved the police and both he and the other man were jailed for living off Maria's immoral earnings. Only then could Maria escape her traumatic childhood and follow her dream of becoming a mother.


‘[a] heartbreaking true story’
South Wales Argus

About the author

Maria Landon was a teenage prostitute with a drink and drugs habit when she became pregnant with her first child. The arrival of the baby changed everything and, having been through counselling to help deal with her past, she then began to teach personal development. Her aim is to help people who have been taught as children to think that they are worthless, a technique her father used to keep her in his power. She is now the mother of two sons in their twenties.

Biographies & Memoirs
4 September
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

hungry hippo pants ,


She has an incredible life story... After reading this should read escaping daddy so you can see how much she developed and grew. Thank you for sharing this story

Falisitee ,

Daddy's little earner

Amazing! Couldn't put it down!

Aisha Qazi ,


Touching and sad. Now I know not to judge people who work on the streets, because it's not always there fault and they're not necessarily bad people.

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