Basic Information | Prostitution | Trafficking | Pornography | Racism, Colonialism | Sex Buyers (“the demand”) | Pimps/Traffickers | Online Prostitution & Trafficking | False Distinction Between Prostitution & Trafficking | Health Impacts: Mental & Physical | Law and Policy | Pop Culture & Media Sexism | Children & Prostitution | Sex Self-Identity

Prostitution: A Critical Review of the Medical and Social Sciences Literature

A review of articles that focus on HIV but simultaneously ignore the massive violence that affects the lives of those in prostitution. The normalization of prostitution in the medical and social sciences literature, the tendency to blame the victim of commercial sexual exploitation, and the ways in which racism and poverty are an inextricable part of prostitution are discussed. The social invisibility of prostitution, needs of women escaping prostitution, and an overview of recent criminal justice responses to prostitution are summarized.


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