The Life Experiences of Pimp-Versus Non-Pimp Controlled Prostitutes

Maureen A. Norton-Hawk, Suffolk University

The violence pimps use to control women in prostitution has been amply documented. Comparing the life experiences of women with pimps with those with pimps may shed some light on why some girls and women become involved with pimps and what steps will be necessary to assist them if they decide to leave prostitution. This research, undertaken with a group of women incarcerated for prostitution-related offenses in a large Northeastern city, establishes some basic differences among the women that can inform policy and services delivery.

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Updated 05/20/2006