Spring 2012 'Prostitution and Trafficking in Omaha' Issue
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Street Prostitution Not a Choice
Women are victims who have difficulty escaping
By Kara Schweiss
Hookers aren’t happy. There is no “Pretty Woman.” Calling her a lady of the evening, call girl, painted lady, sex worker or working girl doesn’t make her feel any more respected as
a human being or change the ugly reality: Street-level prostitution is a brutal means of
survival for the most desperate of women.
Girls typically enter the "trade" between 12 and 14
By Kara Schweiss
A girl’s teenage years should be a fun time for many “firsts” as she becomes a young woman nearing adulthood – her first time driving a car, her first date with a special boy, her first part-time job, her first
time wearing makeup, her first prom dress.
How websites are bolstering sex trafficking in Omaha
By Sarah Wengert
In the late 1800s the Burnt District was Omaha’s notorious concentration of brothels, located in what is now part of downtown. These days Omaha faces a new facilitator of sex trafficking: the Internet, something most of us use every day and don’t think of as a red light district. But just as casually as one might make any legitimate online purchase, girls and boys, women and men, are now being ordered online.
Hand in the Darkness
Community resources help lead women out of prostitution
By Sherry Thompson
Joy Stevens has a heartfelt calling to reach out to women on the streets. Mary Raynovich considers it an honor and a privilege to work with the women at Wellspring. Both women are part of a growing community that’s committed to helping women on their journey out of prostitution
or sex trafficking.
Also in This Issue
Celebrating 15 years of publishing
By Melanie Morrissey Clark
Sometimes it seems the internet has been around forever, but consider this: Fifteen short years ago, when the first issue of this magazine was published, there was no such thing as an eMagazine.
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