The second study by the Center for Impact Research took a more in-depth look at women in various segments of the prostitution industry. The report paints a stark portrait of their health needs. For many, the challenges include violence, substance abuse, sexually-transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, mental health problems, homelessness, and chronic disease. The report offers recommendations for an informed and effective response.
This was the first study ever to attempt to determine the number of girls and women involved in the sex trade in metropolitan Chicago: not only street prostitution and off-street prostitution activities, but also the exchange of sex for drugs. The report reveals an estimated 16,000 girls and women engaged in the prostitution industry.