Oh good god - look for the studies. There are plenty, perhaps the most credible being those submitted by dozens of groups during the reform of the prositution laws process. Google justice + prostitution laws + canada for those.
Originally Posted by Ziggy Montana
Here are some random ones:
Ironically, prostitutes in our society are encouraged to identify themselves as drug addicts, thereby helping to perpetuate one of the stereotypes surrounding them:
"It is a common belief that prostitution and drug addiction go hand in hand, and while this is not a complete picture there is certainly a specific section of the industry in which this is the case... Current publicity encourages those women to identify the drug problem as the cause and root of the state of their lives, but homelessness, unemployment and various other problems such as mild physical disabilities or light mental retardation, dyslexia and so on are often present and contribute to the women's decision to work in prostitution. These other problems are, however, not as fashionable to speak about as heroin addiction. "The moral code which identifies prostitute women as "bad women" encourages many women to say that they would not work as prostitutes were it not for drug addiction. In some sense prostitution is more acceptable or forgivable when accompanied by drug addiction." quote from submission made by the Prostitutes' Collective to the Inquiry Into Prostitution, Victoria: Final Report (2 volumes) (Melbourne: Government Printer, 1985)
Addiction fuels boom in teen prostitution
Independent online (SA)
By Yugendree Naidoo Increasing numbers of teenage girls who are addicted to hard drugs are selling their bodies to finance their habits, say Cape Town drug treatment workers. Young girls are either engaging in prostitution to earn money to buy drugs or having sex with merchants in exchange for drugs.
Having studied prostitution in Canada since 1977, I have come to believe that this logic is fundamentally flawed. To begin with, commercial sex is not monolithic. A distinction can be drawn between: (a) sexual slavery, including debt bondage; (b) survival sex, which is driven by poverty, drug prohibition and addiction in situations where participants have few if any viable income alternatives; and (c) prostitution, which is a choice made by a person who has other choices. These 3 forms of commercial sex should not be conceived as discrete categories, but rather as positions on a continuum. But the distinctions between them are important, because the women working at the more lucrative end of the sex trade in municipally licensed facilities are not the ones being murdered. Few are intravenous drug users. Further, on the basis of formal and informal discussions with dozens of women and men involved in different kinds of prostitution, I do not believe that the people who insist that they choose to prostitute are deluding themselves. And, rather than seeing prostitution as harming all women, I agree with pro-choice feminists who argue that denying women control of their own bodies, including the decision to sell sexual services, denies them full and equal personhood.
British Study: It is estimated that as many as 95% of women involved in prostitution have a drug or alcohol addiction.
Here's a little line that relates back to the wqhole 'is MERB a place for pandering' question:
The sex trade in Canada falls into a grey area because even though prostitution isn't illegal, related activities are. For example, people who communicate for the purpose of prostitution or who sell sexual services can be charged under the Criminal Code.