Exited Women: Prostitution is Violent and Unfree

The survival tactics used by prostituted women often prevent them from being able to be anti-prostitution until they have exited. From their views of “personal agency” to not wanting to be seen as a victim, prostituted women often have a kind of Stockholm syndrome, not wishing to be freed by those on the outside and convinced that their current situation just needs “improving”. Exited women need to be heard in the debate about prostitution, for they have insight that those still in the sex work maze do not.

Pass the Flaming Sword

The following is my translation of an article published on the Danish website Politiken.dk on March 9, 2013

Selling yourself is disgraceful, violent and unfree

Written by

Tanja Rahm, sexologist and author

Alice Viola, mentor and therapist

Christina Christensen, educator

Lita Malmberg, unemployed social educator

Pia Christensen, cand.mag. (BA in Denmark)

Odile Poulsen, author and psychotherapist

All authors are formerly prostituted women

We are six women who have been in prostitution. In many ways we are similar to the women Politiken described in the series of articles ‘The Brothel – A Workplace in Denmark’. Their words were our words when we were in prostitution.

Five of us told ourselves and the world around us that we were choosing to do it. That we enjoyed sex, earned good money and received lots of recognition. That we were completely in control of what we did.

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