3. Prostitution and Other Sexual Abuse

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
4

"Prostitution is the foundation upon which pornography is built.... Pornography cannot exist without prostitution.... It is impossible to separate pornography from prostitution. The acts are identical except in pornography there is a permanent record of the woman's abuse."[1192]

It is estimated that there are between 400,000 and 500,000 adult women who have been used in prostitution in America.[1193] A recent study found that the average age of the working prostitute was twenty-two; the average age a woman started working as prostitute was seventeen; sixty-three percent of the prostitutes had run away from home; eighty percent were victims of sexual abuse; eighty percent had pimps; and eighty-three percent had no savings or other financial resources.[1194] These women, who have been subject to every form of rape, sexual assault, and battery, and whose lives are totally controlled by their pimps, are used and abused by pornographers for the creation of their wares.[1195] It is impossible for most sexually explicit books, magazines, or films to be produced without acts of prostitution.[1196]

Michael Joseph Glitta, one of the two major pornography distributors in Chicago, and a lieutenant in the Accardo organized crime family, controlled a "strip joint" where numerous persons have been arrested for prostitution related offenses.[1197] Pornographer Martin Hodas was identified by his former bodyguard as the one-time owner of a massage parlor and prostitution empire in the northeast.

Notes

 

  1. New York Hearing, Vol. IV, W.H.I.S.P.E.R. Statement, p. 398.
  2. Id.
  3. Id.
  4. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, Sarah Wynter, pp. 175-84.
  5. See, Chapter 16 of this Part for a discussion of performers.
  6. New York Hearing, Vol. I, Thomas Bohling, p. 185.