A life of prostitution is a choice for some and an obligation for others. Prostitution has been found to largely work out for people who willingly and voluntarily go into it, but for those who are forced into it or would rather not be doing it, it is known to leave deep emotional, mental, physical and circumstantial scars.
For those who feel safe and comfortable as prostitutes, they have the option of remaining in their profession. But those who want out should always be granted the opportunity to leave. For some, finding a way out is very difficult due to the psychological and financial effects it has on people, which is why there are shelters, rehabs and counseling services available to recovering prostitutes.
Shelters are likely the strongest necessity that recovering prostitutes need, and those who require them usually do so in desperation. Unlike an addiction treatment center, a prostitution recovery center focuses on recovery from trauma and adversity. Prostitution can result in a very volatile way of life for many people. Some circumstances can even lead to mortal danger.
The line of work that prostitutes are in lead to many encounters with shady people and individuals living on the fringe of society. Customers, managers, pimps and other people from their circle can be a very rough group of people who have little to no respect for prostitutes and may severely mistreat them. The fear and abuse impressed on a number of prostitutes leaves them incapable of navigating the world on their own, which is why shelters are essential to their recovery.
In the same sense, counseling and rehabilitation services are available to recovering prostitutes as well. Living as a prostitute can be a very hard life. Apart from the stigma of being a prostitute and the emotional damage it can wreak, the sex industry can also cause or enhance mental illness, substance abuse, addiction and disease. Professional counselors and rehabilitation professionals may be necessary to help the recovering prostitute regain their sense of self.