Faculty Publications


Some of Them, They Do Right; Some of Them, They Do Wrong’: Moral Ambiguity and the Criteria for Help Among Street Sex Workers.”

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Jill McCracken

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Publication Date


Date Issued

January 2010

Date Available

April 2012


Debates surrounding criminalization and legalization are often polarized and occur without including the experiences and expertise of street sex workers. This article places street workers at the center of this conversation and offers perspectives on how these women can "get help" in the context of a system that criminalizes sex work. Drawing upon an ethnographic study conducted in a large city in the southwestern United States, I rhetorically analyze how street workers talk about these issues, thereby illuminating the contradictions and complicated existence of sex work while providing insights into how these systems might be rehabilitated.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Wagadu, 8 (Spring 2010): 189-216. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.


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