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"Getting Screwed" By Prostitution Laws

ForeEdge Books

Many people have complained about the "war on drugs" as a modern-day version of Prohibition, encouraging the very behaviors it is meant to discourage. 

Journalist and professor Alison Bass says something very similar is happening in the sex trade. 

In her book Getting Screwed, Bass follows the lives of sex workers and their interactions with the law. 

Among her findings: in areas where adult prostitution has been decriminalized, violence and sexually transmitted diseases occur at lower rates. 

We learn other findings in an interview with Alison Bass. 


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.