CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Sex Work and 'Date' Violence

Department

Department of Justice and Human Service

Publication Date

4-1-2004

Publication Title

Violence Against Women

Volume

10

Issue

4

First Page

357

Last Page

385

Abstract

This study employed survey and focus group methods to examine the characteristics and sex work-related behaviors of 294 female street-based sex workers in Miami that make them more likely to be victimized by their clients or “dates.” More than half the respondents had experienced date violence in the prior year. Economic desperation, using crack or heroin while working, not controlling the date location, and having sex in the car were strong predictors of victimization. The article concludes with recommendations for a harm-reduction approach to outreach and education, and it calls for increased legal protections for victimized sex workers.

DOI

10.1177/1077801204263199

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