Episode 94 - Dr. Shelly Wiechelt and Dr. Corey Shdaimah: Women's Experiences in Street-Level Prostitution: Implications for Court-Based and Social Service Programs (part 2 of 2)

Monday, April 16, 2012, 8:25:05 AM

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In the second of a two-part podcast, Dr. Shelly Wiechelt and Dr. Corey Shdaimah return to conclude the discussion of their research into women engaging in street-level prostitution in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Average Rating: 5stars  important contribution, Sunday, February 08, 2015

By Amy Calabrese :

I would first like to begin with an appreciation for the topic covered and the opening of this conversation to address such a complex issue. I agree with the need to research the needs and experiences of those engaged in prostitution and not to assume that all of the women were addicted to drugs. The misconception that if you treat the drug problem that the behavior will go away. Certainly it would be an asset to address the drug issues but I have found in my own work that often times clients will return to survival behaviors, such as prostitution, even though they are not using as a means to overcome the financial hardships that exist when one gets clean and is not working. I appreciate this approach as a trauma informed human rights perspective and see how valuable it is for these women to have a voice.
I appreciate the view that it is imperative that we not only look at meeting the basic needs of the women but also to engage in a trauma work to address the lack of self worth that is often synonymous with those engaged in prostitution. This lack of self worth may be present prior to the lifestyle or created as the lifestyle is continued. Regardless it appears just as important to address this issue as any of the other components. It was recorded in the pod cast that many woman felt as if they were treated as they were trash with rubber gloves on and many described trouble finding work due to stigma from the public once categorized as a prostitute. I also question if the diversion program took that into consideration when separating woman into a prostitution category for a treatment court. I also have found that the division of services delivered in a patchwork fashion can become cumbersome which barriers such as transportation and so forth.
Thank you again for you depth of research on such an important issues that is often overlooked by our lawmakers and the public unless its in their backyard. I look forward to reading more of your findings.

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Average Rating: 4stars  sw 540, Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By Jennifer Lynn D. :

This podcast focuses on the findings on role of abuse of substances on prostitution and trauma informed perspective to address needs of the population. It talks about how women potentially use prostitution to attempt to cope with the impacts of trauma they have endured in their lifetime and their reasoning for staying with prostitution. One thing I learned from the podcast is that most prostitutes have many different aspects as to why they are in prostitution. The podcast discusses that often time’s prostitutes are in the profession because they are trying to cope with abuse they have endured in the past. In this podcast, I would have liked if they would have discussed the financial aspect of the women who are prostituting. If they are in need of money for food and shelter, they are going to need to keep prostituting in order to survive. I think they could put into their research with setting up prostitutes with services and help from the department of social services, and see if that helps defer them from going back to prostitution. It would be interesting to see if financial plays a major role in prostitution or if it is more the abuse and mental health aspects.

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