OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Minnesota woman who spent 27 years in the sex industry said police shouldn’t punish women who participate in prostitution but focus on the men who pay them.

Joy Friedman was 13 years old when she was first locked in a room and forced to have sex. Friedman said Wednesday she survived beatings, stabbings and rapes over the next three decades before getting help in 2000.

She spoke before about 100 law enforcement officials, mental health experts and community members at a conference hosted by Oklahomans Against Trafficking of Humans.

Friedman said she was often sent to jail for the crime while the man would go free.

She is now the women’s program manager at Breaking Free, a non-profit organization in St. Paul that helps women leave sex trafficking.

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Comments (9)
  1. Hmm says:

    In the case of a woman who is a victim I agree. A lot of prostitutes are not victims though and make good money.

  2. There but for the grace of God go I says:

    Silly comment. Do you really think women who have never been neglected or abused regularly choose to sell themselves? Do you really think someone “decides” to start this lifestyle when they are lets say, 25 or 30? Even if they did make good money, can they do this job till retirement? And who really is making money? The PIMP. If this society really wanted to curb this, not only would the focus on the johns and pimps, but they could make it legal and tax it. And then the prostitutes could work just for themselves, and actually make real money to sell the resource only they own anyways. And then maybe they would be healthier, as there would have to be regulations about how they can sell themselves, and regular physicals to be licenced. It still wouldn’t be ideal, but then again neither is gambling, cigarettes, booze and so on.

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      Enabling the prostitutes, and punishing the johns is Corny.

      Both parties are guilty

  3. Victim Du Jour says:

    Monkeys display prostitution behavior too, I saw it on Manswers. Female monkeys exchange sex for a banana or food. it was a funny segment on the show.

  4. St Paul says:

    I am sick and tired of the shame on women these days. Abortions, prostitution, ect. In every one of these “crimes” a man is ALWAYS involved yet they suffer no shame or hardship. And many are married men to make matters worse!! It’s about time men are exposed for these “immoral” and abusive acts. Does a woman have total control of her body? Not in many cases!! Men need to take more of the guilt in these things NOW!!

    1. helper says:

      You sound like a closet ‘gay’…

      Bet your a religious ,man too,LOL!

  5. Chris K says:

    Legislating morality or behaviors doesnt work. Legalize prostitution & drugs which will allow adults to make their own decisions.

  6. WHAT????? says:

    I agree that if the women are forced into these positions like in sex trafficking then they should not be charged. To only charge the man if the women are doing this as their “job” then they should be charged as well as it is illegal.
    The idea that only the men should be charged is like sending a speeding ticket to Ford and letting the driver go free.
    Last thought, please stop beating the abortion drum as this has already been decided and if you do not like it, do not have one. Just as a side note, you are the one that is putting the shame on the women who have abortions by acting and stating things like this. Walk a mile in their shoes before you judge what they do.

  7. Katie says:

    Since prostitution is illegal, and soliciting for prostutes is illegal, BOTH should be charged. The only reason men aren’t charged is because too many politicans and others in “high” places could find themselves in the pokey.