Children's Voice September/October 2007

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Consequences of Living "the Life"

Violent victimization. A study by the Council for Prostitution Alternatives, looking at 800 women exploited through prostitution, found 85% had been raped, 95% assaulted, and 77% kidnapped by pimps.

Substance addiction. Contrary to popular stereotypes, few young women enter prostitution with a substance abuse problem. But many develop an addiction while being prostituted to survive and numb the reality of their day-to-day lives.

Reproductive health risks. Girls in the Life are at greater risk of contracting HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and becoming pregnant.

Mental health issues. Girls who are sexually exploited have a higher rate of developing disassociative disorders; self-destructive behaviors, including suicide and cutting themselves; depression; and post-traumatic stress.


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