Outside the sex sold legally in Nevada, prostitution in the United States transpires in the shadows of an underground economy. There are no accounting records to trace, no receipts to scrutinize, and no legal records to analyze. Simply, it is difficult to grasp the size of this economy. But a groundbreaking study released by the Urban Institute sheds new light on how much money is generated by the underground commercial sex economy in American cities. Knowing the size of the economy is the critical first step for enabling law enforcement, the judicial system, and policymakers to make informed choices about how to fight the harm that happens within these black markets.
Sex and money: the two things always linked in women's lives
What drives a prostitute
Half of the prostitutes in a new survey say they became prostitutes because of sexual curiosity, and 68 percent consider their line of work as part of their sexuality. Women became prostitutes for many different reasons, but they often feel stigmatised by society as needing help to stop their work fewer than half of the prostitutes have considered stopping , instead of society respecting their choice of work. Child abuse is often regarded as a reason for prostitution by the media, politicians and general public, who feel the prostitutes need help to stop their work. But the survey produced no clear conclusion on this — some prostitutes were abused as children, others were not. The SFI researchers calculate that there are a little over 3, prostitutes in Denmark, which is fewer than expected, for example because some prostitutes work at several clinics. The report is based on interviews with former and active prostitutes and with experts from the authorities and NGOs associated with the sex environment.
When I was in my twenties, a good friend of mine, who I will call Lisa, worked in human resources for a large corporation in San Francisco. Over the years, we kept in touch, commiserating over marriage and new motherhood. But whereas I started my working life as an academic while being a mother, Lisa quit her job to become a stay-at-home mum as soon as she realised she was pregnant.
Let me preface this by saying I grew up in a well-to-do family. In the beginning of my crack addiction I always swore to myself and to anyone who brought up the subject that I would never sell sex for money. Unfortunately, I was very naive and uninformed about the progression of addiction and I did not yet know what desperation felt like. I do not remember my first trick, but I do remember many.