The topic I am going to talk about is the association between drug addiction and street prostitution.
There is a strong relationship between substance abuse and prostitution. One third of women addicts support their habit by working as prostitutes. This is where the economic theory is linked; women prostitute themselves for money intended for the purpose of drugs. A Baltimore study of female street addicts found that 96% of the daily users resorted to not only prostitution but other crime to feed their addiction. As one prostitute stated, she would never get into a strangers car when she is sober, but when she is high, she will do anything for money for her next hit. She is currently incarcerated for putting a syringe to a taxi driverâ€™s neck and telling him that if he didnâ€™t give her his money, she would poke him with the AIDS infected needle.
The most common addiction among prostitutes is heroine and/or crack cocaine. The addiction can become so bad that prostitutes will even price according to one hit. The two most popular forms of these drugs are â€œrocks and flapsâ€. Rocks are crack cocaine, a drug that has already been cooked with ammonia or baking soda and has been formed into a rock like shape. The rock is smoked, usually through a pipe or pop can. Flaps consist of a point of heroin or cocaine in a powder form. The powder is then injected through a needle, snorted or smoked. The price for a flap or a rock starts from ten dollars in the downtown east side area. According to a few prostitutes who work in the downtown eastside, state that the average price for a trick is usually $20-40 but some have even gone as low as $5 because they want a quick fix. According to one prostitute she usually needs ten flaps a day to feed her habit and another one needs up to 16. The addictive qualities of crack can be such that some call it the â€œnew pimpâ€