Well, one of the most common answers is that women are afraid of being left alone in a bad relationship. They want to be needed and have a man that will care for them and protect them. They may feel that they cannot leave the house, with their kids, and work a menial job if that’s what they want.
Or, some women may have gone through a traumatic experience in their lives. Perhaps they were abused as a child. Maybe their parents were unfaithful or they were sexually abused as a minor. Any of these reasons may spur a woman to explore the sex industry because they have no other place else to go.
But there are many other reasons why women may become sex workers. Some may not have the financial means to leave their home and live on their own. Some may have abusive situations at home and no where to turn. And others still may have been put in a situation where they had no other choice but to sleep with their attacker.
Whatever the reasons are, there is a dire need for educated individuals in our society who can understand the needs of the vulnerable. Many people, men and women, who sleep with multiple clients, run small brothels, or work in various sexually oriented business, are at a severe disadvantage in our society. Those who run such businesses do not provide a living wage. They need to make a profit to support themselves and their families. That means they may hire people under the table.
This is a very dangerous situation. We have to bring the institutions that allow this type of conduct to justice so that innocent people don’t become victims. We also need to show compassion and assistance to those who have suffered from such circumstances and find the help necessary to heal their wounds. If we fail to do this, many women who become sex workers will continue to suffer at the hands of men who prey on them.
Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons for why women often become sex workers is the need for financial support for their children. In many countries around the world, single mothers are unable to support their families. There are no educational programs available for stay at home mothers. Most women who choose to be day workers need a steady income to support their families.
Another reason why do women become forced into the industry is because many women feel trapped in abusive situations. They may experience physical or sexual abuse at the hands of men who control their lives. They may be threatened with injury or death if they leave their abusive situations. For these women, being employed by minors poses a particular threat because many women may feel trapped and unable to leave when offered an opportunity to earn an extra income.
The third most common reason why women become trafficked is because they lack education and other opportunities. The majority of poor women live in remote areas where they can only receive a minimal education. Because many women from these regions live in poverty, they are forced to work in degrading conditions. This often leaves these women with limited options for earning an income. Those who have no other choice to leave their children in the care of relatives at the expense of paying the fees for further education. This often demoralizes these women and causes them to seek out an alternative form of employment that offers better wages and opportunities for advancement.