This Comment focuses on the sexual exploitation of both adult women and girls in the life of prostitution. The primary purpose is to explore the difficulties faced by American citizens who are exploited in prostitution (as opposed to foreign nationals who are subject to exploitation). This Comment focuses only on state and local prostitution laws, as opposed to global or federal laws on prostitution. It takes the position that prostitution is not a chosen profession for the vast majority and that prostitution is sexual exploitation. This Comment discusses the experiment of legalization and decriminalization in the Netherlands and Sweden as well as in Nevada before proposing a drug-court based problem-solving court model, which would allow women accused of prostitution to opt into a program with the end result of services and eventual removal of prostitution-related charges from their record.
Brynn N.H. Jacobson, Addressing the Tension Between the Dual Identities of the American Prostitute: Criminal and Victim; How Problem-Solving Courts Can Help, 37 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1023 (2014).