Sex Workers and Rape

The stories of sex workers who have experienced rape are abundant and yet often cruelly dismissed. This is evidenced by the public responses to many cases, including recently when multiple porn stars accused fellow star James Deen of rape.  Porn stars and prostitutes are often disregarded because of the social stigma on their work, and because of the altogether incorrect notion that rape is only significant when it happens to the sexually inexperienced.

This issue is highlighted in a brilliant article written by Lisa Thompson published earlier this week by  In the article, Thompson points out that not only are women, men, and children raped in the line of sex work, but many are forced into such work in the first place, effectively making every transaction an instance of rape.

Sex trafficking is a disturbingly common practice, and victims are typically women but do include all demographics including children.

While many laws against prostitution focus on punishing the prostitute herself, it is often ignored or forgotten that many people engaging currently in prostitution have actually been forced into it, and are therefore innocent victims of rape.


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