Early life trauma among women shoplifters and sex workers.

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Drawing from the life history of 38 drug-addicted women, this article adds to extant literature on early life trauma in female offenders by distinguishing between women on the crimes they chose to pursue. It revealed how chronic physical and sexual abuses and the invisible suffering of emotional abuse, neglect, and abandonment occurring within the childhood home resonated as the trigger for drug addiction and subsequent criminal involvement among the women. Disaggregating the female offenders by crime specialization revealed that early life trauma is most characteristic of sex workers. Women who specialized in shoplifting experienced much less early life trauma than those who specialized in sex work.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-27
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma
Volume2
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

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