Sex Worker: Victim or Criminal?
Is a prostitute a victim or a criminal? What about the 'client'?
Women do not want to be prostitutes. Standing out on cold street corners, knowing if they don't bring home enough money they'll be beat, fearing the men they call 'clients,' this is clearly not a fun life, rather it could be classified as torture! A prostitute is no different than you or I- she's only been placed on a different track with little possibility, one she was likely destined to at birth. Regardless, prostitutes are routinely treated, charged, and stigmatized as criminals.
The man who sneaks out in his Honda late at night, the music turned down low, his heart drumming in his chest; he finds the corner they stand on in their high heels and short skirts. He's nervous so he circles the block twice, swiping the sweat off his head. His wallet is full of money, he has a 401-K and isn't aware that 'food insecurity' exists in America. He doesn't think about her now but his wife is asleep at home, just down the hall from his tucked-in twins.
The client enters the deal by choice while the prostitute sales herself because she has no other choice. Yet, our courts are continually more lenient on 'clients' than on prostitutes.
The majority of our lawmakers are white, upper class, males, therefore, the laws and justice systems here in America best reflect their needs, wants, and ideologies. Start listening for the facts instead of the easy to find stereotypes- then ask yourself: who benefits?