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Sarah Jane Blithe, Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, and Breanna Mohr

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479859290

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479859290.001.0001

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Life after the Brothel

Life after the Brothel

Perspectives from Former Legal Prostitutes

(p.95) 5 Life after the Brothel
Sex and Stigma

Sarah Jane Blithe

Anna Wiederhold Wolfe

Breanna Mohr

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the voices of ex-legal sex workers and their narratives about their time in brothels, why they decided to leave, and how they view their past lives. The perspectives of former sex workers are often different from the women currently working in the brothels, and thus these reflections present an even more nuanced understanding of life in and out of the brothels. This is a particularly vulnerable population; some of the women have moved on to illegal prostitution while others are currently in non sex-work jobs, trying to conceal their past. The women share detailed stories and perspectives about their lives in the brothels and their current realities after leaving legal prostitution. Rather than presenting their words broken apart into themes, we present each woman, her story and her experiences together so that readers can begin to see what life is like for a few women as holistic beings.

Keywords:   Life story interview, Prostitution, Sex work, Brothels

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