During my first semester of Sociology, my professor asked the following question: “Can a prostitute be raped?” Since I’d been in the prostitution industry since the age of 16, in all aspects besides porn, I was very surprised at the uninformed/ wrongfully informed responses I heard from a multitude of college students. All of the students said a prostitute can not be raped because she sells her body for money. They said the only way she could not be raped is if a man decided not to pay her. As a woman who had been raped in the industry, I wondered how do these students define rape? Are they really that uninformed of the statistics behind prostitution, and why a majority of prostitutes are introduced to the sex industry, due to the media?
To start with, according to the following websites: http://www.veronicasvoice.org/statistics/,and http://www.womenslaw.org/simple.php?sitemap_id=148; as well as, my personal experience, many women in the prostitution industry share similar backgrounds. Most women who are prostitutes began working at a young age, the average age is 12-15. These young girls run away from home, due to a sexually and/or physically abusive family, and end up homeless. Usually within 24 hours they meet a pimp who manipulates them into joining the sex industry. Once they are with the pimp, they are usually afraid to leave because the pimp is abusive, and the girl has no where to turn to, or a powerful manipulator.
Now, regarding the question of rape, the word NO always means no. Yes, even if a client is paying a working girl. No means no. Once you cross that line, whether you are a prostitute, a women that decided to have fun with someone she met at a bar, a women who has been dating a man for a long time, or even if you are married to a man. If you say no, unless you are role playing, and they continue to pursue you it’s rape. Same thing for men, though men are a lot less likely to say no to a girl;-)
However, that is not the main type of rape a prostitute has to worry about. The main type of rape a prostitute has to worry about while in the industry is the violent type. The type where a man pulls a gun or knife her and forces her to have sex with him. In fact, many prostitutes have been killed after a client rapes or kidnaps them. Although, many rapist just want the prostitutes pussy and all of the money she made that night. After which, they usually
drop her out of the car naked without any of her belongings.
In addition, many prostitutes are forced by police officers to preform sexual acts. In fact, I remember some of the girls I knew in Miami telling me there was a secluded parking building the officers would bring them to, rape them while in handcuffs, then kick them out without any of their possessions. I myself came close to a run in with an officer. As he was holding me, waiting for the other officers to come, he made the following comment to me:” I could have cum 10 times before my calvary got here.” After a few more officers arrived, they spoke with me and sent me to the police station, with the same officer that made the comment to me. When we arrived at the police station, he jumped in the back seat with me. I was handcuffed and could not do much to fight back. As he began to pull his dick out and pull my skirt up, another officer walked out. Luckily this officer saw what the cop was doing to me and told him to leave, he would finish my paperwork.
Overall, there are many ways a prostitute can be raped, most of which involve force. So the next time your asked if a prostitute can be raped, I hope you think about these young girls and what they go through. Maybe you will answer the question with a more informed mindset. Maybe even vote to legalize prostitution so these girls have a way to escape the business, and give them someone to turn to.