Survival sex is prostitution engaged in by a person because of their extreme need. It describes the practice of people who are homeless or otherwise disadvantaged in society, trading sex for food, a place to sleep, or other basic needs, or for drugs. The term is used by sex trade and poverty researchers and aid workers.
Some thinkers suggest that people are motivated to prostitute themselves because it is familiar – specifically to victims of child sexual abuse. Other researchers state that, while some see it as a normal job, the vast majority want to get out of the industry given the potential for disease and dangerous clients.
World wide the prostitution industry has an annual revenue of billions of US dollars. Yet the reality of most women on the street is that they do not even earn enough to make ends meet. For them is it merely a means to survive and provide for their children.
Cartoon by Luke Watson (Australia)