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Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress

ISBN 9780789023797
Published March 29, 2004 by Routledge
384 Pages

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Book Description

Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress offers the reader an analysis of prostitution and trafficking as organized interpersonal violence. Even in academia, law, and public health, prostitution is often misunderstood as “sex work.” The book’s 32 contributors offer clinical examples, analysis, and original research that counteract common myths about the harmlessness of prostitution.

Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress extensively documents the violence that runs like a constant thread throughout all types of prostitution, including escort, brothel, trafficking, strip club, pornography, and street prostitution. Prostitutes are always subjected to verbal sexual harassment and often have a lengthy history of trauma, including childhood sexual abuse and emotional neglect, racism, economic discrimination, rape, and other physical and sexual violence.

International in scope, the book contains cutting-edge contributions from clinical experts in traumatic stress, from attorneys and advocates who work with trafficked women, adolescents, and children and also prostituted women and men. A number of chapters address the complexity of treating the psychological symptoms resulting from prostitution and trafficking. Others address the survivor’s need for social supports, substance abuse treatment, peer support, and culturally relevant services. To stay up-to-date on this powerful subject, visit the “Traffick Jamming” blog at

Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress examines:

  • The connections between prostitution, incest, sexual harassment, rape, and domestic violence

  • Clinical symptoms common among those in prostitution, including dissociation, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance abuse

  • Peer support programs for women escaping prostitution

  • Culturally relevant services for women escaping prostitution

  • The connection between prostitution and trafficking, including trafficking from Mexico to the United States, and prostitution of adolescents in Cambodian brothels

  • Online prostitution

  • How gay male pornography harms gay men

  • Accessing public assistance funds for survivors of prostitution

  • Arguments against legalizing or decriminalizing prostitution
From the editor's Preface:
Prostitution is to the community what incest is to the family.

Slavery, at its height, was normalized in the United States as unpleasant but inevitable, yet it is now considered to be an institution that violated human rights. Perhaps we will at some point in the future look back on prostitution/trafficking with a similar historical perspective. It is my hope that this book will assist the reader in understanding prostitution and trafficking and in how to help women and children escape it.

Table of Contents

Preface: Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress Melissa Farley Introduction: Hidden in Plain Sight: Clinical Observations on Prostitution Judith Lewis Herman UNDERSTANDING PROSTITUTION AND TRAFFICKING AS ORGANIZED INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE Sister Oppressions: A Comparison of Wife Battering and Prostitution Christine Stark and Carol Hodgson Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Melissa Farley, Ann Cotton, Jacqueline Lynne, Sybille Zumbeck, Frida Spiwak, Maria E. Reyes, Dinorah Alvarez, and Ufuk Sezgin Prostitution and Trauma in U.S. Rape Law Michelle J. Anderson Gay Male Pornography’s "Actors": When "Fantasy" Isn’t Christopher N. Kendall and Rus Ervin Funk Prostitution Online Donna M. Hughes From Duty to Despair: Brothel Prostitution in Cambodia Wendy Freed Prostitution and Trafficking of Women and Children from Mexico to the United States Marisa B. Ugarte, Laura Zarate, and Melissa Farley Prostitution and Trafficking in Women: An Intimate Relationship Dorchen A. Leidholdt HEALING FROM PROSTITUTION AND TRAFFICKING Emotional Experiences of Performing Prostitution Lisa A. Kramer Dissociation Among Women in Prostitution Colin A. Ross, Melissa Farley, and Harvey L. Schwartz Providing Services to African American Prostituted Women Vednita Carter The Importance of Supportive Relationships Among Women Leaving Prostitution Ulla-Carin Hedin and Sven Axel Månsson PEERS: The Prostitutes’ Empowerment, Education and Resource Society Jannit Rabinovitch Been There, Done That: SAGE, a Peer Leadership Model Among Prostitution Survivors Norma Hotaling, Autumn Burris, B. Julie Johnson, Yoshi M. Bird, and Kirsten A. Melbye Living in Longing: Prostitution, Trauma Recovery, and Public Assistance Margaret A. Baldwin Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution and a Legal Response to the Demand for Prostitution
Janice G. Raymond

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