About Abuse

Forced Prostitution

Updated: 
September 1, 2016

Where can I find resources and help?

Because of myths and stereotypes about prostitution, and the fact that prostitution is illegal, prostituted women face many barriers to getting the help they need.  Often times, a prostituted woman will not seek help out of fear of:

  • having her children taken away from her;
  • shame, ridicule and judgment;
  • not being able to get a job once people know she has been in prostitution; and
  • being arrested and other legal consequences.

However, you should know that there are resources out there for women in prostitution. WomensLaw.org has a list of resources that help adults and children who want to leave prostitution or who are being sexually exploited.