I was listening to San Francisco talk radio on July 28, 2008 and heard both a legal Nevada pimp and a caller refer to women in street prostitution as “scrub girls.” A few years ago, I heard a similar prejudice expressed. A proponent of decriminalized prostitution referred contemptuously to “junkie street whores.”
This prejudice of pimps, johns, and their sympathizers against the poorest women and against those who are addicted is sickening and hypocritical. I think it’s especially important for all of us to watch out for class-based arguments that ignore the fundamental human rights violations in ALL prostitution, whether she is a scrub girl, a junkie whore, or a so-called high-class escort. Once she’s in the room with a john, it’s all the same oppression.