Dallas Based 'PDI New Life' Attacks Prostitution
The Dallas Police Department created the program in 2007 to address the growing problem of crime and prostitution. Instead of just processing sex workers, police give them a choice of jail or attendance in a comprehensive program that combats everything from mental trauma to substance abuse and homelessness. Mother Jones' Erika Eichelberger delves into the program's history and its cost-saving results.
Tamara* started selling sex at age 20. "You just kinda fall into it," she says. "I thought it would be exciting. Living off the land. Footloose and fancy-free." Then came the the rapes and the beatings by customers, the felony drug charge, and all the time in Dallas County Jail.