Melissa Farley and Jacqueline Lynne and Ann J. Cotton

Prostitution in Vancouver: Violence and the Colonization of First Nations Women

Interviews of 100 women prostituting in Vancouver, Canada revealed an extremely high prevalence of lifetime violence including childhood sexual assault and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Findings are discussed in terms of the legacy of colonialism, the intrinsically traumatizing nature of prostitution and prostitution’s violations of basic human rights.

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