Prostitution and It’s Unfortunate Aftermath
Life…the greatest adventure. This statement, so powerful yet for many teens who
enter the dark world of prostitution, it happens to be the furthest thing from the truth.
This life of despair can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering (Farley
www.prostitutionresearch.com). Many teenagers resort to prostitution out of desperation.
The unfortunate popularity of teen prostitution has led to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,
physical and emotional scars and health problems in the lives of these teens. The dark side
to the world of prostitution holds a no-win situation for most teens.
Years filled with the
scars left by suicide attempts, physical and mental abuse and the longing to get out of the
spiraling web of this dark and lonely world. For most there are few answers, but for the
ones who truly seek to find the help maybe there still can be that great adventure called
Prostitutes suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as Combat
Disorder, thought by many to only be suffered by war veterans. In reality though,
prostitutes more commonly suffer from PTSD than war veterans(Zuger NY Times). “The
world’s oldest profession may also be among it’s most traumatizing,” found Abigail Zuger
of the New York Times. Studies show PTSD to be a direct result of sexual abuse(Giobbe
com). Almost all prostitutes suffer some sort of sexual abuse
while working in the commercial sex industry. Very few say that their pimps and
customers never use violence and abuse as a form of control(Bracy 36). For their own,
morbid, entertainment, pimps will often force prostitutes to have sex with them or others,
while they watch(Giobbe www.prostitutionresearch.com).
Furthermore, having many
sexual partners does not help the situation any. Plenty of people have many sexual
partners, but prostitutes have hundreds of sexual partners. Many having five or more in
one night. This in itself can be traumatizing and dehumanizing to anyone(Farley
Along with having many sexual partners, studies show
that 80% of prostitutes have been raped. Also, studies show an even more dejecting fact,
the average prostitute gets raped eight to ten times a year(Farley
Moreover, emotional abuse also results in PTSD. This type of abuse can,
sometimes, traumatize and be even more psychologically scarring than sexual and physical
abuse. In the world of prostitution, the pimps frequently emotionally abuse the
prostitutes. The multiple threats on their lives and the constant humiliation that they suffer
leads 75% of prostitutes in the escort service to attempt suicide, 15% of which complete
com). The pimps place fear in the prostitute to
intimidate them as a form of control. They may also threaten the lives or threaten to injure
the lives of the prostitutes’ loved ones(Giobbe www.prostitutionresearch.com). As many
people already know, becoming a prostitute causes them to lower or compromise their
Along those same lines, when prostitutes get emotionally abused, they
become stripped of all physical and emotional dignity and integrity that they once
had(Giobbe www.prostitutionresearch.com). In conclusion, studies show PTSD to be a
direct result of both sexual and emotional abuse.
When people choose to become prostitutes, they also choose to suffer the physical
and emotional scars of the profession with out even knowing it. People in the ring of
prostitution have to endure the pain of overwhelming amounts of abuse.
They see a world
that most of us never have to see. These prostitutes suffer through numerous rapes by
their pimps and customers. Along these same lines, prostitutes are also sexually harassed,
suffer domestic violence and battery(Farley www.prostitutionresearch.com). Dr.
Farley Ph.D., found that, “women who use cocaine and other drugs are less
psychologically distressed than prostitutes who do not use drugs at all.” Emotional scars
tend to be left not only by rape, but also by the threats made on the prostitutes’ lives. The
pimps use male domination and take advantage of their “male privileges. “Most pimps
abuse prostitutes as a form of punishment or “ownership).
After the prostitutes have been
“punished,” the pimps put feelings of guilt in them for whatever it was that they may have
done wrong”(Giobbe www.prostitutionresearch.com).
Forced sexual activity has become another huge factor of the physical and
emotional scars left by prostitution. Pimps force their prostitutes to watch pornography
so that they may better learn the strategies of the job. Also, the pimps also force them to
make pornography for their entertainment and the entertainment of the customers.
Furthermore, the pimps can be so sick that they force their prostitutes to have sex with