Exiting prostitution: An integrated model

Lynda M. Baker, Rochelle L. Dalla, Celia Williamson

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Exiting street-level prostitution is a complex, convoluted process. Few studies have described this process within any formal conceptual framework. This article reviews two general models and two prostitution-specific models and their applicability to the exiting process. Barriers encountered as women attempt to leave the streets are identified. Based on the four models, the barriers, the prostitution literature, and the authors' experience with prostituted women, a new integrated six-stage model that is comprehensive in scope and sensitive to women's attempts to exit prostitution is offered as a foundation for continued research on the process of women leaving the streets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-600
Number of pages22
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Exiting prostitution
  • Integrated model
  • Street-level prostitution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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