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An examination of the support services needed for clients to reduce prostitute solicitation

This exploratory study was implemented to broaden the knowledge of clients’ use of prostitutes. The study examined clients’ attitudes towards prostitution and the role this may play in their use of prostitutes. Thirty-eight participants, who were convicted of using or soliciting prostitutes, were recruited from the Los Angeles Prostitution Diversion Program to complete a self-administered survey. Overall, many clients had attempted to reduce their use of prostitutes prior to arrest and alcohol was determined to be a contributing factor in prostitute use. Findings also demonstrated that although men did not express concerned about their mental and emotional well-being, counseling and services to address alcohol and drug related problems would assist in their endeavor to reduce prostitution use. Attitude towards prostitution was measured using an Attitude Towards Prostitution Scale and it seems men hold inaccurate beliefs about prostitutes, and disagree with the legalization of prostitution. These attitudes in conjunction with prostitution use and patterns of hiding behavior yet feeling little guilt suggest cognitive dissonance that is a result of the struggle to abide by societal laws and regulations while also conforming to social norms that promote prostitution, objectification and sexualization of women at the same time. Public policy to reduce the sexualization and objectification of women in conjunction with micro-level intervention methods may reduce prostitution use.

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