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Whores In Court: Judicial Processing of Prostitutes in the Boston Municipal Court in 1990

By Minouche Kandel

Abstract

Kay is a former prostitute. She first started hooking to support her boyfriend\u27s heroin addiction. Later, she worked the streets of Boston and New York to support her own drug habit. Once on the street, heroin helped make her experience more tolerable. Kay generally made between $200 and $300 a night, for roughly five hours\u27 work, but any money earned was immediately spent on drugs. In time, Kay was arrested and sentenced to serve three months at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham (MCI-Framingham). Incarceration cost her the job as a university administrator she had held for fourteen years. While in prison, Kay received no counseling for her drug addiction and her already low self-esteem dropped still further. Upon release, Kay again turned to drugs. Her addiction worsened. Out of work and out of money, she returned to prostitution

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 2015
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.law.yale.edu:yjlf-1065
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