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2008 - ASC Annual Meeting Words: 211 words || 
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1. Oselin, Sharon. "“For Life, God, and the Kids: Motivations and Pathways out of Prostitution via Prostitution Helping Programs”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, St. Louis Adam's Mark, St. Louis, Missouri, Nov 11, 2008 <Not Available>. 2018-12-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p269214_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Prostitution is a social fact persisting across urban areas throughout the world. Domestically, there were 57,618 prostitution arrests in 2004. Plenty of research exists on prostitution, including ethnographies of daily life, legal issues over sex work, and causal factors pulling women into prostitution. In spite of this literature, there is a paucity of studies that focus on how and why prostitutes leave the streets (Murphy and Venkatesh 2006; Weitzer 2000). Generally there are various theories on why individuals desist from crime and some of the most prominent of these studies conclude that desistance occurs over the life course as informal social control mechanisms operate. However, most previous studies solely examine male desistance from crime and neglect how this process unfolds for females. Only recently, some scholars are filling in this gap by focusing specifically on female desistance from crime (see Giordano et al. 2002; Rumgay 2004; Schaffner 2006). In spite of these works, there are still very few studies that examine how and why women desist from prostitution. Departing from previous literature on desistance, I ask the following research questions: What are the motivations for exiting prostitution? Are pathways out of prostitution associated with specific motivations? Can prostitution, a particularly gendered crime, shed light on how gender affects desistance from crime?

2010 - ASC Annual Meeting Words: 214 words || 
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2. Mentzer, Heather. and Sims, Barbara. "Police Officers’ Perceptions of Prostitutes and Prostitution: Implications for Police Practices and Policies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco, California, Nov 16, 2010 <Not Available>. 2018-12-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436414_index.html>
Publication Type: Poster
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Many factors influence how and when a police officer will respond when faced with a decision involving a violation of the laws against prostitution. These factors might include the location of the incident, whether some sort of violent act occurred surrounding the incident, or even the demographic background of the person(s) involved. Also likely to play a significant role in how a police officer will handle a prostitution incident are his/her personal views about prostitution and prostitutes to begin with. It could be, for example, that an officer sees very little harm done to society because of prostitution and thus would be more likely not to act, or at the very least to warn and then release the individual(s) involved. On the other hand, other officers may view prostitution as an immoral act or the potential for leading to more crime. The purpose of this presentation is to present findings from a survey of police officers. The questionnaire consisted of multiple items meant to examine overall attitudes toward women and how those attitudes might relate to officers’ attitudes toward prostitution and prostitutes themselves. The literature is scant in this regard and this study seeks to fill that gap. Implications for police practice and policies are presented.

2017 - National Women's Studies Association Words: 83 words || 
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3. Katsulis, Yasmina. "Governing Sex Work And Prostitution: Documenting First-Hand Accounts From Participants In Prostitution Diversion Programs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Women's Studies Association, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, Nov 16, 2017 <Not Available>. 2018-12-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1268340_index.html>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Scholars have long debated the appropriate role of the state in the sex industry, but the lived experiences of sex workers "caught up" in these policies are rarely acknowledged. Poverty and race shape experiences of state-based governance. Completing a prostitution “diversion” program can significantly impact employability, the likelihood of jail or prison time, and parental rights. As feminist scholars and advocates of women’s rights, what can, and should, we expect from state-based programs that seek to govern our sexualities, work, and livelihoods?

2007 - American Sociological Association Pages: 21 pages || Words: 5232 words || 
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4. Oselin, Sharon. "“Getting Out: An analysis of exiting street prostitution via prostitution helping programs”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City, Aug 11, 2007 Online <PDF>. 2018-12-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p181917_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: In the social science literature, there is a significant amount of research on the sex industry and prostitutes in particular. Most of these studies focus on the legal concerns, stigma or the daily lives of female prostitutes. Surprisingly, there is a paucity of work examining the process and means through which women exit prostitution. One study (Dalla 2000) claims prostitutes exit primarily via intervention programs. This study uses this work as a point of departure to analyze the motivations and pathways through which women leave the trade.

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