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Drugs and prostitution

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by amethyst, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    In another thread I mentioned a friend of mine, a heroin addict, who due to financial problems, started prostituting herself in order to be able to afford the drugs she needed.
    I have known a number of people who resorted to similar practices only to get that much needed fix. Later they would regret their actions, feeling dirty, used, and hating themselves for being "weak", and having sunk so low.
    Considering that the majority of people regard prostitution with a lot of prejudices, it's very difficult for someone who has taken money for sex to shake off the stigma that is attached to it.
    How do you feel about this subject?
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  2. calicer1996

    calicer1996 Community Champion

    This reminds me of the movie "Requiem For a Dream". If you haven't watched it, I suggest you do. It gives great perspective about those dealing with such situations.
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  3. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    Anybody can change from their habits if they are set to. Prostitution can be linked to failure in society so that they feel they are not worthy and they can make money in any way. They also need someone to talk to them. A rehab can be another option to make them avoid using drugs.
  4. DancingLady

    DancingLady Community Champion

    Part of that is not just the social stigma, but the fact that sex is a sacred act God gave us for the marriage relationship. Outside of hat context it is destructive, especially when it is so cheapened by something like prostitution. This does not mean that a person who has prostituted themselves has lost their value as a person, but those emotions are a consequence of it. Jesus offers forgiveness for everyone, no matter what you have done. Unfortunately not a lot of people truly seek to like like Christ and extend that love and forgiveness to those who have done things that come with a stigma, but that is what a true Follower of Jesus would do.
  5. Auril

    Auril Active Contributor

    It seems almost every female I know who has gotten involved in 'hard' drugs like heroin and cocaine has resorted to prostitution at some point in time. Addiction consumes your life, nothing else matters. You will do anything for that next fix - including sell your body and risk your life. Most women who prostitute themselves end up hooked on drugs, most women who do hard drugs prostitute themselves...it's a chicken and the egg thing and a vicious cycle. That is why social service programs for some of these women are so important.
  6. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    It's true that an addiction to heroin, aswell as ruining your life can also be expensive to find aswell. Prostitution as been around nearly as long as man itself, and is often called the oldest profession in the world, so it's no wonder that when somebody gets that desperate they'll turn to prostitution to fund their habits.
  7. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Due to addiction to drugs, people somehow tend to do what they are not used to do because their addiction is greater than their wisdom or sense of reasoning. Well, there goes the problem once we allow drugs to take over our lives. That's why we should always practice self-control/self-discipline.
  8. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    Sometimes women just do not care enough about their body and have low self esteems. They then figure that they can make some money by selling their bodies off. It is very sad indeed. I think some women even get into drugs after starting to prostitute themselves so they are just numb to their acts and don't have to worry so much about the emotional and physical pain.
  9. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    It's sad really. You need to sell you body to get your drugs. I would know where to start as far as how a person can cope with that feeling. Some don't care, but I think if and when they do get cleaned up, they might look back and regret it.
  10. LilAnn

    LilAnn Community Champion

    No one wants to be a prostitute when they grow up. I don't believe any of them would do it if they had other ways of making that kind of money. I also believe a lot of girls get into prostitution for other reasons, and end up doing drugs to deal with what they have to do. Being a prostitute doesn't make someone a bad person. If there wasn't a demand for it, there wouldn't be so much of a supply. A lot of people don't realize how easily someone can be in a position where that is their only viable option if they want to survive. That bull crap people say about how every American has a chance, is nothing BUT bull crap. Not every person grows up in an environment conducive to succeed. What about the 15 year old who has no place to go? How is she supposed to find a place to live while trying to finish high school?
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  11. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    @LilAnn, this is what happened to a friend. She became an escort to pay her way through art school and ended up a heroin addict as she tried to blank it all out. Thankfully she's doing a lot better these days.

    In the great scheme of things, people have done much worse things for money. Far worse. Fraudulent acts, robberies, muggings and even murders are all carried out in desperation for cash, the exchange of sexual services for money doesn't seem that bad in comparison. I'd certainly never judge anyone for doing this.
  12. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Drugs and addictions push people to the fringes of society. Most people are not interested in helping, only judging.
    Sometimes drugs are even used to force girls into the trade.
    I don't subscribe to the school that their is something "wrong" with prostitutes, they need our love, support, helps and prayers more then anyone.
  13. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I don't know anyone right now who has been or is in that boat. However, I can see how it would be a vicious cycle and would often just end up continuing on if the addict didn't go out and seek help. Addict wants drugs, has no money ---> prostitutes themselves to get money ---> gets money, buys drugs, uses drugs to block out the fact that they've had to prostitute themselves ---> rinse and repeat.

    If they don't have a support system to help them break that cycle then no doubt it could carry on forever.
  14. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Have read stories like that and watched some documentaries as well with regards to drugs and prostitution. Some are using drugs to be able to prostitute themselves and earn money for a living. There could be other reasons why someone would be in this situation.
  15. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    I have read stories of people running brothels and other prostitution gigs that make deliberated use of heroin, cocaine and other highly addictive drugs to get women into those places .

    Worst of all is that they are inducted by rape, then introducing in drugs slowly so they have to prostitute by their own will in order to get the drug, and this way those individual cannot be accused as they are not forcing them to do it, but they were who abused of them and yet made them addicted to drugs.
  16. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    An addict will do anything to get their "fix." Most prostitutes use drugs because once they are "high" it's a lot easier for them to peddle their wares. Drugs lower inhibitions after all.

    There's a second group which is introduced to drugs by pimps who want to control the prostitutes. Once they are dependent on the drugs, the prostitutes will do anything [the pimps will demand] as long as at the end of it, they'll be able to buy to drugs [to satisfy their cravings].
  17. calicer1996

    calicer1996 Community Champion

    That sentence hits home! Way to sum up today's society!
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  18. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    It makes me really sad that your friend had to go through this only to fulfill a stupid addiction that is probably much worse than prostitution. I've heard stories about a lot of medicine students who had to resort to prostitution in order to pay their debt (medicine school is really, really expensive).
  19. jmontero31088

    jmontero31088 Member

    I feel so sad for people that fall down this path. I do not look down on them. Drugs make you do things you never thought you would do. They make you turn into a completely different person. People like this need help. They need help to be able to change their life and make it better. They need someone to let them know not to beat themselves up. That it was in the past, and that they should focus on their future. Because that is what matter. The future, not the past.