Prostitution, Trafficking and Traumatic Stress

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 361 pages
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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 http://www.prostitutionresearch.com/blog.

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.
 

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Contents

Prostitution Trafficking and Traumatic Stress
xi
Hidden in Plain Sight Clinical Observations on Prostitution
1
UNDERSTANDING PROSTITUTION AND TRAFFICKING AS ORGANIZED INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE
15
A Comparison of Wife Battering and Prostitution
17
An Update on Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
33
Prostitution and Trauma in US Rape Law
75
When Fantasy Isnt
93
Prostitution Online
115
Emotional Experiences of Performing Prostitution
187
Dissociation Among Women in Prostitution
199
Providing Services to African American Prostituted Women
213
The Importance of Supportive Relationships Among Women Leaving Prostitution
223
The Prostitutes Empowerment Education and Resource Society
239
SAGE a Peer Leadership Model Among Prostitution Survivors
255
Prostitution Trauma Recovery and Public Assistance
267
Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution and a Legal Response to the Demand for Prostitution
315

Brothel Prostitution in Cambodia
133
Prostitution and Trafficking of Women and Children from Mexico to the United States
147
An Intimate Relationship
167
HEALING FROM PROSTITUTION AND TRAFFICKING
185

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