Even some women who reported to have full-time jobs said they were involved in prostitution on a regular basis.
Chart 25: EMPLOYMENT STATUS AND PROSTITUTION
Employment Status......Regularly involved in prostitution
Furthermore, 78 percent of those who said they were regularly involved in prostitution also reported being unemployed because of an alcohol or substance abuse issue.
SOURCES OF INCOME
Women who regularly engaged in prostitution reported that they also relied on other sources of income: 25 percent said they also got money from a job, 43 percent from family and friends, and 25 percent from pan- handling.
SEEKING TO GET OUT Of those women who reported engaging in prostitution, 25 percent reported to have at least once sought help to get out of it.
16 UNLOCKING OPTIONS FOR WOMEN
12. SELF-ESTEEM AND GOALS
To gauge their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, the women were asked to respond to how they felt about certain statements. A majority (52 percent) strongly agreed with the statement “I feel I have a number of good qualities”; 46 percent disagreed and 27 percent strongly disagreed with the statement “I feel I do not have much to be proud of.” When asked for their reaction to the statement “On the whole, I am satisfied with myself,” 38 percent of women agreed and 32 percent disagreed; one- fifth of the women strongly agreed. Only one-fourth of the women surveyed agreed with the statement “At times, I think I am no good at all”; 35 percent disagreed and 34 percent strongly disagreed. Even women who were homeless and women regularly involved in prostitu- tion and facing the greatest amounts of hardships and violence responded in similar proportions to these questions.
Despite the hardships that most women in jail face and the high levels of instability, violence, and depression they live with, most women still believe in themselves and have an acute desire to better their lives and give back to society.
The vast majority of women surveyed wished to continue their education: 88 percent planned to go back to school in the future and 85 percent wanted some other type of future vocational or professional training.
“I want to get a one-year certification for drug counseling”
“I want my own day care center”
“I want to be a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor”