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Leaving Prostitution: Getting Out and Staying Out of Sex Work (Paperback)
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Leaving Prostitution: Getting Out and Staying Out of Sex Work (Paperback)

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Paperback 218 Pages / Published: 25/04/2014
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While street prostitutes compriseonly a small minority of sex workers, they have the highest rates of physicaland sexual abuse, arrest and incarceration, drug addiction, and stigmatization,which stem from both their public visibility and their dangerous work settings.Exiting the trade can be a daunting task for street prostitutes; despite this,many do try at some point to leave sex work behind. Focusing on four differentorganizations based in Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Hartford thathelp prostitutes get off the streets, Sharon S. Oselin's LeavingProstitution explores the difficulties, rewards, and public responses tofemale street prostitutes' transition out of sex work. Through in-depthinterviews and field research with street-level sex workers, Oselin illuminatestheir pathways into the trade and their experiences while in it, and the hostof organizational, social, and individual factors that influence whether theyare able to stop working as prostitutes altogether. She also speaks to staff atorganizations that aid street prostitutes, and assesses the techniques they useto help these women develop self-esteem, healthy relationships with family andcommunity, and workplace skills. Oselin paints a full picture of the difficultiesthese women face in moving away from sex work and the approaches that do and donot work to help them transform their lives. Further, she offersrecommendations to help improve the quality of life for these women. A powerfulethnographic account, Leaving Prostitution provides an essentialunderstanding of getting out and staying out of sex work.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9780814770375
Number of pages: 218
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


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"Leaving Prostitution is a wonderfully rich sociological study of a group that society marginalizes and stigmatizes. Despite America's capitalistic society, earning money through sex continues to draw cultural contempt. Street prostitutes are particularly scorned as they often represent racial/ethnic minorities and lower socioeconomic classes, and they generally need to be publicly visible to market themselves. Oselin's work goes beyond investigating the entry into and maintenance of sex work. She offers sex work scholarship an interesting perspective on the role exiting process for female prostitutes using an ethnographic approach. The writing is not too heavily reliant upon academic style and research references, with the flow of the piece making it accessible to multiple audiences."-Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
"Leaving Prostitution challenges us to notice the vulnerability women experience as street prostitutes but also to honor the choices women make and the strength and commitment they demonstrate as they create new lives away from the street."-PsycCRITQUES
"Leaving Prostitution is a major contribution to our understanding of sex work. Through an in-depth examination of organizations that help women transition out of street prostitution, Sharon Oselin sheds light on a dimension of sex work that has rarely been researched. The book illuminates both the organizational dynamics of different agencies and the conditions involved in the process of exiting prostitution. No other book examines this topic in such depth."-Ronald Weitzer,author of Legalizing Prostitution: From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business
"Oselin's book is an all too rare, wide angled look at organizations helping individuals exit stigmatized and illegal subcultures and the conditions that determine success. What she finds is shocking - despite the vast attention devoted to `saving' prostitutes, the long term, often expensive residential programs most successful in countering the stigmatizing, criminalized world of the streets, are rare. Troubling all easy narratives about prostitution, this book will be an eye opener for policy makers and service providers hoping to help those who want to leave the streets/exit stigmatizing and illegal subcultures."-Barbara Brents,co-author of The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex, and Sin in the New American Heartland

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