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Study Takes Unique Look at Chicago's Sex Trade and Street Economy

Participatory Action Research emphasizes the involvement of those being studied in the actual research process. It's a technique the Young Women's Empowerment Project has used to fill in the gaps of previous research on the sex trade and street economy. YWEP assists young women ages 12-23 who are either currently working in the sex trade and street economy, or have in the past. The group is also entirely run by peers with experience in the sex trade and street economy. Today, YWEP releases their findings in a new report entitled, “Girls do what they have to do to survive: Illuminating Methods used by Girls in the Sex Trade and Street Economy to Fight Back and Heal.” Alison Cuddy sat down with the study's research coordinator Jazeera Iman, and Shira Hassan, co-director for the Young Women's Empowerment Project.

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