Jill McCracken


Debates surrounding criminalization and legalization are often polarized and occur without including the experiences and expertise of street workers. This article places street sex workers at the center of this conversation and offers perspectives on how these women can “get help” in the context of a system that criminalizes sex work. Drawing on an ethnographic study conducted in a large city in the southwestern United States, I rhetorically analyze how street workers talk about these issues, which brings to the surface the contradictions and complicated existence of sex work while providing insights into how these systems might be rehabilitated.