Sex Work and "Date" Violence

Steven P. Kurtz, Hilary L. Surratt, James A. Inciardi, Marion C. Kiley

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This study employed survey and focus group methods to examine the characteristics and sex work-related behaviors of 294 female street-based sex workers in Miami that make them more likely to be victimized by their clients or "dates." More than half the respondents had experienced date violence in the prior year. Economic desperation, using crack or heroin while working, not controlling the date location, and having sex in the car were strong predictors of victimization. The article concludes with recommendations for a harm-reduction approach to outreach and education, and it calls for increased legal protections for victimized sex workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-385
Number of pages29
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2004


  • Drug use
  • Prostitution
  • Rape
  • Sex work
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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