General Article Prostitution - the facts

Topic Selected: The Sex Trade
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‘Hell de Jour’

  • 75% of women involved in prostitution started as children.
  • 74% of women cite poverty as the primary motivator for entering prostitution (Melrose 2002).
  • Up to 70% of women in prostitution spent time in care, 45% report sexual abuse and 85% physical abuse within their families (Home Office 2006).
  • Up to 95% of women in prostitution are problematic drug users, including around 78% heroin users and rising numbers of crack cocaine addicts (Home Office 2004a).
  • More than half of UK women in prostitution have been raped and/or seriously sexually assaulted. At least three quarters have been physically assaulted (Home Office 2004b).
  • 68% of women in prostitution meet the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the same range as torture victims and combat veterans undergoing treatment (Ramsey et al. 1993).
  • Four out of five women working in London brothels are thought to be foreign natio

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