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Leaving Prostitution: Getting Out and Staying Out of Sex Work

Sharon S. Oselin


While street prostitutes comprise only a small minority of sex workers, they have the highest rates of physical and sexual abuse, arrest and incarceration, drug addiction, and stigmatization, which stem from both their public visibility and their dangerous work settings. Exiting the trade can be a daunting task for street prostitutes; despite this, many do try at some point to leave sex work behind. Focusing on four different organizations based in Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Hartford that help prostitutes get off the streets, this book explores the difficulties, rewards, and public ... More

Keywords: street prostitutes, sex workers, women, self-esteem, workplace skills, sexual abuse, arrest, incarceration, drug addiction, stigmatization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814785881
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814785881.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon S. Oselin, author