Experiences of violence during childhood and adolescence and adulthood prostitution: which relation exists? - The present study, related to the one published some years ago (Confalonieri et al., 2004), is an investigation on forced prostitution and the related violence’s types in immigrant women involved in streetwalking prostitution. Using the social records available by the Ufficio Stranieri (Comune di Milano), the purpose is to identify the presence of 1) childhood maltreatments or violence before the entry in sex exploitation market and 2) subsequent adult sexual revictimization from partners, pimps and clients. Data were analysed using phenomenological descriptive analysis. The relationship between childhood maltreatment and abuse and subsequent involvement in sex work is discussed comparing data and life histories of immigrant prostitutes coming from Nigeria and East Europe. The role played by social and contexual variables in sexual exploitation story are also considered.
Key words: immigration, violence, prostitution, infancy, adulthood.
Parole chiave: immigrazione, violenza, prostituzione, infanzia, età adulta.