Prostitution is not glamorous

In the 90’s a movie called Pretty Woman was a popular. The ‘rags to riches’ story revolves around a prostitute whose life, on the streets, changes for the better one evening. Fate smiles upon her in the form of a really wealthy gentlemen, in his super expensive sports car that he doesn’t know how to drive well. He needs directions to his hotel. The prostitute provides the man directions and drives his car. Thus begins their relationship. Throughout the movie they have their ups and downs but ultimately the viewer is left with a neatly packaged happy ending. The prostitute is saved from ‘hell on earth’ and the ‘Knight in shining armor’ captures the ‘love of his life.’

Unfortunately for the majority of the women trapped in a life of prostitution escaping hell on earth is not a reality. In her recent blog post for Huffington Post, Lauren Hersh discussed research that paints the dark reality. She wrote, “in places where prostitution is legal, approximately 60% of women have been physically assaulted, 40% have suffered sexual violence, and 40% were coerced into the commercial sex trade.” There’s nothing pretty about those numbers.

Prostitution is not a choice, nor is it empowering for the victim. Anyone who states otherwise is wrong or is invested in holding these victims’ hostage within the sex trade industry. The problem will never go away but we all have a moral responsibility to speak up for the voiceless.

To read Lauren Hersh’s full post click here:


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About the author: When Walter is not writing for the “Change Clothes. Change Lives Blog,” he’s spends his free-time in pursuit of an MBA at the University of Tampa, where he found his calling into social entrepreneurship. From time to time, he can also be found flying around Tampa’s airspace in a small Cessna or dancing Argentine Tango at a local Milonga.


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