The Causes of Prostitution

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Anthony C. Parrish
Mrs. Mazzarone
English III
15 March 2013

The Causes of Prostitution
One percent of American females work in the field of prostitution. There are many reasons why woman turn to this option. These causes and effects not only hurt the woman, but also hurt their close friends, family and other relatives. Poverty, Rape, and assault often lead woman to the world of prostitution.

Poverty plays a big role in why woman sought prostitution. Most women sell themselves because of past experiences or family problems. Some woman may start because of economical problems such as poverty. Seventy-four percent of all female prostitutes said that poverty was the main reason they thought about starting in this business. Poverty is one of the biggest concerns in Americans and all countries of the world. Woman all around the world pay to be smuggled into the United States, just to be paid more for what they do. Prostitutes that come from Mexico who are smuggled in illegally usually just start in prostitution for their family so they can take the money back to them. Woman could easily get paid eight hundred to three thousand dollars a night just for the act of selling themselves on the streets (Crary).

Rape often occurs while working on the streets as a prostitute. Rape is an act of violence against a female which is very traumatizing to all of them if they have witnessed or been a victim of this act. Eighty percent of females in prostitution have been raped while working. Not only is rape a problem by random guys, but also by family members who have found out about the work these females do. Seventy percent of prostitutes have reported incest by brother, father, uncle, etcetera. Also, seventy percent of females have said that in their past life they have spent it in extra care and reported abuse by family, friends, and/or clients. Often woman that have been raped have reported pregnancy. Sometimes they keep the baby, sometimes they don’t. But for...
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