The psychosocial treatment needs of street-walking prostitutes: Perspectives from a case management program

Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold, J. Chris Stewart, C. Aaron Mc neece

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While the risks of engaging in street prostitution are commonly known, few community-based programs exist to provide outreach services to help these individuals get off the street and into treatment. This article explores the psychosocial treatment needs of female street-walking prostitutes by drawing upon a recent program evaluation of a case management program that targets female prostitutes who have involvement with the criminal justice system. In-depth interviews with prostitutes, program staff, and community professionals (N = 23) suggest that intervention is needed regarding substance abuse, mental health problems, child custody, victimization, glamorization of prostitution, vocational challenges, and outreach. The article presents treatment recommendations and describes the need for community collaboration. The results suggest that in order to meet the needs of this challenging population, treatment programs specifically designed for prostitutes may be the necessary and most effective option.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-132
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes



  • Case management
  • Physical health
  • Prostitution
  • Substance abuse
  • Treatment planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Law

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