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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789023784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789023780
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,594,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An absolutely riveting and enlightening work. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down, and I have already recommended it to several colleagues, who are similarly engrossed. I have worked in the field of substance abuse treatment for almost 18 years, and I am ashamed to admit I waited this long to educate myself on prostitution issues. The statistic that at least half of battered women have also been prostituted in some form is eye opening, but makes complete sense as I look back on my work with many severely distressed clients who were hiding in shame what I failed to see and help them with. This book accurately documents and describes the worldwide condemnation and abandonment of (primarily women) prostitutes to abusive pimps, johns, and the profit motive of the sex industry that promotes the blame-the victim social attitudes that prostitution is legitimate and voluntarily chosen "work". It also give useful direction and resources for working clinically with victims of prostitution. The chapter on the legal nuances and intricacies of obtaining public benefits for prostitution survivors was one of the best analyses I have ever read of how trauma issues hinder access to public benefits (SSI, TANF, etc.)
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If you have spent any length of time reading up on trafficking in the US, chances are you have stumbled upon Melissa Farley's name or at least a statistic she has published. She is one of the leading researchers in the field. In this collection of studies (a dozen or so) by her and her colleagues, you will find a lot of very academic information, stats, figures, questions, ponderings, etc--This book gets down into the who's and what's of prostitution. You will come to learn from her research the astounding figures of just how many women had a history of childhood sexual abuse, how few of them chose to be involved in prostitution, how many want out, what the consequences are, and much more.

I purchased this book in October of 2012 for an English research paper I wrote about how prostitution affects sex workers. It was, at the time, the only trustworthy academic resource I could find. It was a little hard for me to buy as a poor starving college student--I was just using it for writing an English paper--at least I thought so back then. Miss Farley has become my go-to source of information since. Now I find myself haunted by the facts and figures and moving halfway across the country to study social work, and some of my drive to do so is because of the things that kept me awake at night from reading this book.

I have not even come close to reading every page. I've thumbed through it and used what I needed for my paper. I had about a dozen books and this was by far the most useful. It is well organised, and you can easily find what you want without reading every single word leading up to it. I quote stats from it all the time. I refer back to it frequently. I foresee it being quite handy in my next two years studying social work.

I highly recommend shelling out the money for this book, and keeping it around. Great reference materials for anyone who is an advocate, a student, or if you happen to like statistics or have an interest in the subject.
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In an insighful anlysis of sexual exploitation, Farley never lets us forget the central issue that it is a human person being acted upon in systems of prostituion and trafficking and sexual exploitation. This issue is sadly often shrouded by divergent political, acedemic, or social beliefs. As Farley explicates the trauma suffered by women, the degredation of the human person in sexual violence becomes all too real.

It forces each one to consider how each of us and our very culture tolerates an acceptance of such violence. One must think about the sytems driving such inhumanity toward women.

A must read for all who want to challenge and expand their own critical thinking about human rights and human dignity.
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As the Founder and Director of Transitions Cambodia, Inc. (TCI), I would highly recommend this book to organizations working with victims of sex trafficking or those who are interested in this field. The book is well written and the material is relevant. I found the information to be valid and useful. I work with Cambodian and Vietnamese victims ranging in age from 14-19 years old and have found this material extremely helpful. The chapters on Cambodia and SE Asia were significant, as well as, the chapters on dissociation and PTSD. The final chapter about non-legalization of prostitution, though I agree with the premise, was not convincing. I think there are much better arguments for not legalizing prostitution with much more subtantial data. It was the least compelling part of the book, but it does not detract from an incredible resource.
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"Prostitution, Trafficking and Traumatic Stress" is a must read! I am a law student and Melissa Farley's book came to me highly recommended by many academics and legal scholars as an important and in-depth look at the sex trade. It represents much of the best research about violence being done in the sex industry worldwide. The book's 32 contributors offer analysis, clinical samples, and research that comprehensively address the harms of prostitution and trafficking. It is grounded in broad and persuasive evidence, and features riveting accounts by advocates and attorneys who work with trafficked and prostituted persons. The book provides up to date analysis of many of the issues that form the basis of the current debates on human rights and the legal status of prostitution. This is an excellent work for anyone who would like to learn more about the economic and sexual exploitation of individuals, who are violated, dehumanized, and traumatized in the commercial sex industry.
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