Myths & Stereotypes of Prostitution
1. Prostitutes choose their “occupation”.
- Many women enter the commercial sex industry as minors. Most of these girls have experienced previous sexual or physical abuse at the hand of someone they trusted. They often come from broken homes and are prone to run away, leaving them vulnerable to pimps who win their affection, then coerce them into commercial sex. They are threatened and beatened and at the mercy of their pimps.
- There are several root causes of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, including the following: Society’s Demand, Pornography, Poverty, Relational Gaps, Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Runaway Youth. When a child is affected by one or more of these factors it increases their vulnerability to exploitation.
2. Prostitutes make good money.
- Though a woman trapped in prostitution may take in several hundreds of dollars per week, nearly all of that money goes directly to her pimp who keeps her under tight control with threats and violence and often forced drug abuse.
- Prostitution is not what we see in movies like ”Pretty Woman“.
3. Prostitution is illegal in Michigan, and therefore prostitutes should be prosecuted as criminals.
- Despite the age at which they enter the commercial sex industry, or the conditions under which they enter, prostituted women have historically been treated as the criminals, facing charges and jail time—even as their customers (or “Johns”) get off with lighter consequences.
- From “Prostitute” to “Prostituted“.
We must change our view of and language toward these women. They are not whores. They are not criminals. They are victims of a heinous crime.
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