Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress

Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress

by Melissa Farley, PhD
     
 

ISBN-10: 0789023784

ISBN-13: 9780789023780

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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…  See more details below

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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.

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789023780
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
A Monograph Published Simultaneously As the Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface : prostitution, trafficking, and traumatic stress
Introduction : hidden in plain sight : clinical observations on prostitution1
Sister oppressions : a comparison of wife battering and prostitution17
Prostitution and trafficking in nine countries : an update on violence and posttraumatic stress disorder33
Prostitution and trauma in U.S. rape law75
Gay male pornography's "actors" : when "fantasy" isn't93
Prostitution online115
From duty to despair : brothel prostitution in Cambodia133
Prostitution and trafficking of women and children from Mexico to the United States147
Prostitution and trafficking in women : an intimate relationship167
Emotional experiences of performing prostitution187
Dissociation among women in prostitution199
Providing services to African American prostituted women213
The importance of supportive relationships among women leaving prostitution223
Peers : the prostitutes' empowerment, education and resource society239
Been there done that : SAGE, a peer leadership model among prostitution survivors255
Living in longing : prostitution, trauma recovery, and public assistance267
Ten reasons for not legalizing prostitution and a legal response to the demand for prostitution315
Author index333
Subject index341

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