Sophie’s Story: the Effects of PTSD on Prostituted Women

Link to Philadelphia Weekly: "A Vicious Circle of Trauma, Addiction, and Prostitution"
Link to Philadelphia Weekly: “A Vicious Circle of Trauma, Addiction, and Prostitution”

“…we’ve found it easier to ignore and even condone the routine violence that accompanies street prostitution, chalking it up as an occupational hazard.

The simplistic narrative we think we know is that a woman becomes addicted to drugs, then resorts to selling sex to pay for drugs. That the drug is the only addiction, and the prostitution is simply a byproduct of acquiring it. But talking with women who have lived ‘the life’—and with the experts who work with them—reveals that this unquestioned narrative is a fundamental misunderstanding of how addiction plays out in many women’s lives. Because there’s one significant factor in this equation that’s often been overlooked: post-traumatic stress disorder” (linked above).

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