The Prostitution of Women and Girls

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Overview

According to reports of the World Health Organization, the prostitution of women and children is increasing dramatically throughout the world. The problem is particularly acute in the lower socioeconomic sectors of the population, including teen runaways, drug addicts, and victims of abuse.

This survey focuses first on defining prostitution and then on the motivations of those who became prostitutes. In Part II the overall scope of the problem is examined, along with the various subcultures (e.g., street walkers and call girls) and the prevalence of drugs, crime and victimization. Part III covers teenage prostitution and the issues of child sexual abuse. Part IV details other dimensions of the sex trade industry, such as pornography, male prostitutes, customers, laws, and the effects of decriminalization and legalization. Female prostitution outside the United States is discussed in Part V.

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Library Journal
Prompted by a World Health Organization report on "dramatic increases in the prostitution of women and girls in virtually every country," the author (The Victimization and Exploitation of Women and Children, McFarland, 1994) examines prostitution here and around the world. Among the topics covered are definitions of female prostitution, types and theories of prostitution, juvenile prostitution, pornography, customers, male prostitutes, AIDS, the role of substance abuse, legal and decriminalization issues, and the worldwide response to prostitution. This is a very readable study, intelligently presented and well supported with an extensive bibliography. Several recent books have examined various facets of prostitution, especially historical views, but there are few comprehensive books on the current problem. A worthwhile purchase for all academic and larger public libraries.--Mary Jane Brustman, SUNY at Albany Libs.
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Examines the complex issues surrounding female prostitution, both in the US and around the world. Coverage includes the extent of female prostitution, types of prostitutes, theories and motivations surrounding prostitution, and the relationship between female prostitution and AIDS; drug use, related crimes, and victimization; characteristics of girl prostitutes, runaway and throwaway girls, pimps, and the dimensions and dangers of child sexual abuse; the relationship between female prostitution and pornography; and female prostitution outside of the US. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786424481
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/5/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Barri Flowers is a literary criminologist and mystery novelist with nearly 40 books and numerous articles to his credit. He is a recipient of the Wall of Fame Award from Michigan State University's renowned School of Criminal Justice.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures vii
Preface ix
Introduction 1
Part I Female Prostitution
1 Defining Prostitutes and Prostitution 5
2 The Magnitude of Female Prostitution 11
3 Types of Prostitutes 16
4 Theories and Motivations Regarding Female Prostitution 23
5 AIDS and Female Prostitution 30
Part II Women and Prostitution
6 The Scope of Women's Prostitution 39
7 Streetwalking Prostitutes 48
8 Call Girl Prostitutes 54
9 Drugs, Crime, and Victimization 61
Part III Girls and Prostitution
10 The Extent of Teenage Prostitution 69
11 The Characteristics of Girl Prostitutes 79
12 Runaway and Throwaway Girls 89
13 Pimps and Girl Prostitution 100
14 The Dangers of Child Sexual Abuse 105
Part IV Other Dimensions of Prostitution and the Sex Trade Industry
15 Pornography and Female Prostitution 115
16 Child Prostitution and Child Pornography 121
17 Customers of Female Prostitutes 126
18 Male Prostitution 134
19 Laws and Prostitution 145
20 Examining the Issues of Decriminalization and Legalization of Prostitution 153
Part V Female Prostitution in Other Countries
21 The Prostitution of Women Worldwide 165
22 Child Prostitution and Sexploitation Internationally 176
23 AIDS and Female Prostitution Globally 185
24 Responding to the Worldwide Tragedy of Female Prostitution 191
Notes 197
Bibliography 237
Index 245
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