Meaningful differences

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The authors analyzed experiences, characteristics, and risks of adult women who trade sex in Minneapolis, MN (n = 117), and found significant differences between women who first traded sex as a juvenile compared with those who first traded sex as an adult. Adult starters were 3.44 times more likely to use drugs prior to their first sex trade. They were also more likely to have children. Juvenile starters were more likely to trade sex prior to their first instance of drug use and they had worse outcomes in most other domains that were measured. The study findings showed that they can be useful in shaping prevention of prostitution and methods to be used for its intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1252-1269
Number of pages18
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2010

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  • prostitution
  • sex trading
  • sex work


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