While some women may choose the sex trade and don’t experience coercion, these women are the minority. We need to meet the needs of the most marginalized in the sex trade, who are coerced into selling sex due to life circumstances such as poverty. Most importantly we need to STOP, LISTEN, and show vulnerable women our respect by HEARING them, and SEEING them.
Leaving the sex trade is as difficult as leaving a violent relationship. The majority of women in or exited from the sex trade experience PTSD regardless of whether they have been in the trade for a short time, or years.