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Women of the StreetHow the Criminal Justice-Social Services Alliance Fails Women in Prostitution$
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Susan Dewey and Tonia St. Germain

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854493

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854493.001.0001

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Workin’ It, Advocating, and Getting Things Done

Workin’ It, Advocating, and Getting Things Done

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Women of the Street

Susan Dewey

Tonia St. Germain

NYU Press

Chapter 1 argues that women’s street involvement comprises a variety of criminalized income-generation and resource-acquisition strategies, including prostitution, that result in part from their cultural and spatial-environmental estrangement from legal work opportunities and social services. Situating the women’s everyday hustles within this gendered and racialized sociolegal and economic context considerably complicates centuries-old debates on prostitution by elucidating how, for most street-involved women, sex trading constitutes the most immediately available solution to their need for money, drugs, and shelter. This chapter details how women differ considerably by age, other sources of income, criminal justice system involvement (as indicated by quantitative arrest and conviction data), and life experience in terms of how they approach sex trading. Likewise, it explores how alliance professionals engage in their work differently depending upon their personal and/or professional subscription to particular ideological frameworks informed by the cultural and legal contexts in which they live and work.

Keywords:   prostitution, legal contexts, social services, arrests, convictions

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