The Sunday Magazine

"A Walk in Her Shoes" - an Alisa Siegel documentary

For 12 years, Jillann Mignon sold her body on the streets. Then one day she decided - enough. She made her way into the Ve'Ahavta Street Academy, a charitable program that helps the worst cases start over. Today, at age 28 and a college student, that's what Ms. Mignon is trying to do.
(Left) Jillann as Ms. Cherry (alias), in 2007, age 20. (At right) Jillann Mignon, today, age 28.

The tattoo engraved on the nape of her neck reads, Madam Mignon. A symbol of who and what she hoped to become. At age thirteen, Jillann Mignon left home. Began to sell her body for quick money. And did it for twelve more years. On the streets, in brothels and fancy apartments. In Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Regina. Until the day she decided, enough. 

With her young son in tow, Jillann made her way to Toronto. And, eventually, into the Ve'Ahavta Street Academy, a charitable program that works to help the worst cases start over. Today, at 28, and a college student, that's just what Jillann Mignon is trying to do.

Our documentary "A Walk In Her Shoes" was produced by Alisa Siegel.

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