Episode 07: The Myth of the “Empowered & Liberated ‘Sex Worker’”

Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait talk about the myth promoted by those that support prostitution of the independent, empowered, and liberated “sex worker” and how the reality of prostitution tells a much different story.

Show Notes

  • “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking” – Albert Einstein
  • Field research that took place in nine countries (five of the nine were countries where prostitution is legal and regulated) surveyed 854 prostituted women and the study concluded that 60-75 % of women in prostitution were raped, 70-95% were physically assaulted, and 68% met the criteria for post traumatic stress disorder within the same range as treatment-seeking combat veterans and victims of state-organized torture. View the Research
  • A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the mortality rate of women in prostitution to be 200 times higher than the general population. View the Study
  • In 2012, researchers Cho, Dreher, and Neumayer published a quantitative, empirical analysis of a cross-section of up to 150 countries that revealed, on average, countries with legalized prostitution experience a larger degree of human trafficking inflows. View the Research


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