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Debunking Common Myths About Prostitution

Debunking Common Myths About Prostitution

As of this October, Connecticut law will treat youths under 18 caught engaging in prostitution as victims rather than perpetrators. This is a historic, overdue shift in thinking about sex trafficking. But the question remains: What happens on a woman's 18th birthday that makes her a criminal, rather than a victim, when many of the dynamics in the sex trafficking of children are present when she becomes a legal adult? Further, why do we penalize the sex workers at rates seven times that of their clients? Over the last 10 years in Connecticut, prostitutes — the majority are women — were seven times more likely to be convicted than the men who purchased sex and 20 times...

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