Prostitution in Vancouver: Violence and the Colonization of First Nations Women

  title={Prostitution in Vancouver: Violence and the Colonization of First Nations Women},
  author={Melissa Farley and Jacqueline Lynne and Ann J Cotton},
  journal={transcultural psychiatry},
  pages={242 - 271}
We interviewed 100 women prostituting in Vancouver, Canada. We found an extremely high prevalence of lifetime violence and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fifty-two percent of our interviewees were women from Canada’s First Nations, a significant overrepresentation in prostitution compared with their representation in Vancouver generally(1.7-7%). Eighty-two percent reported a history of childhood sexual abuse, by an average of four perpetrators. Seventy-two percent reported childhood… 

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