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  • The Life: Prostitution on your streets

    The Life: Prostitution on your streets

    WECT's documentary "The Life" will take you down the dark paths of a world you didn't think existed in the Cape Fear region. In the hour-long, commercial free special, Casey Roman will take you inside the hotels and rooms where people try to hide these secrets. Be sure to set your DVR or tune into WECT April 27 at 10 p.m. This is a special event you won't want to miss.

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    WECT's documentary "The Life" will take you down the dark paths of a world you didn't think existed in the Cape Fear region.

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  • Streetwalkers

    Streetwalkers

    In movies we see prostitutes with full make-up, styled hair, tight skirts and high heels. She's strutting down the sidewalk and leaning coyly into car windows to get her clients. Drive down Market Street in Wilmington, however, and see what happens in the "real world."

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    In movies we see prostitutes with full make-up, styled hair, tight skirts and high heels. She's strutting down the sidewalk and leaning coyly into car windows to get her clients. Drive down Market Street in Wilmington, however, and see what happens in the "real world."

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  • Market Street

    Market Street

    Market Street is ground zero for prostitution in Wilmington. Other women operate out of apartments and private residences throughout the area, but not as many.

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    Market Street is ground zero for prostitution in Wilmington. Other women operate out of apartments and private residences throughout the area, but not as many.

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  • Backpage and online ads

    Backpage and online ads

    Craigslist gained major momentum in the early 2000s, but came under intense scrutiny for allowing open advertisement of prostitution. In it's wake, a website called Backpage took over.

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    Craigslist gained major momentum in the early 2000s, but came under intense scrutiny for allowing open advertisement of prostitution. In it's wake, a website called Backpage took over.

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  • Abuse

    Abuse

    Every woman's story is different, but a common thread runs through those working in the sex industry - abuse. Whether it be sexual, physical, emotional or domestic we did not encounter a girl who's story didn't include it.

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    Every woman's story is different, but a common thread runs through those working in the sex industry - abuse. Whether it be sexual, physical, emotional or domestic we did not encounter a girl who's story didn't include it.

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  • Addiction

    Addiction

    Monday, April 11 2016 1:09 PM EDT2016-04-11 17:09:44 GMT
    Friday, April 22 2016 3:00 PM EDT2016-04-22 19:00:22 GMT

    Addiction and prostitution go hand in hand. Addicts say men turned to theft to pay for their fix when money got tight. Women, on the other hand, sold their bodies.

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    Addiction and prostitution go hand in hand. Addicts say men turned to theft to pay for their fix when money got tight. Women, on the other hand, sold their bodies.

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  • Danger

    Danger

    Danger As more prostitutes use Backpage, working for themselves alone in the hotels, a new risk has emerged in their industry. While pimps are notorious for physical and mental abuse, operating solo means there's no one to protect them when things with clients go wrong. 

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    While pimps are notorious for physical and mental abuse, using Backpage has created a new risk in the prostitution industry. Operating solo also means there's no one to protect the prostitutes when things with clients go wrong.

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  • Johns

    Johns

    The men who buy prostitutes are called "Johns." It's a term widely used by law enforcement and was originally created to protect their identity.

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    The men who buy prostitutes are called "Johns." It's a term widely used by law enforcement and was originally created to protect their identity.

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  • Law enforcement

    Law enforcement

    Law Enforcement Now that we've seen just how complicated the crime of prostitution is you gain perspective over the cat-and-mouse game law enforcement goes through trying to sequester it.

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    Law Enforcement Now that we've seen just how complicated the crime of prostitution is you gain perspective over the cat-and-mouse game law enforcement goes through trying to sequester it.

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  • Pimps

    Pimps

    Pimps In the entertainment industry, a pimp is usually portrayed with lots of jewelry, lots of women, lots of money, cars and power.

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    Pimps In the entertainment industry, a pimp is usually portrayed with lots of jewelry, lots of women, lots of money, cars and power.

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  • Trafficking

    Trafficking

    Human trafficking is defined as a modern-day form of slavery where traffickers use fraud, force, coercion or deception to control another for the purpose of commercial sex acts of labor against their will. Sex trafficking is right in front of you on the internet, in some escort agencies, fake "massage" businesses, strip clubs and street prostitution.

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    Human trafficking is defined as a modern-day form of slavery where traffickers use fraud, force, coercion or deception to control another for the purpose of commercial sex acts of labor against their will. Sex trafficking is right in front of you on the internet, in some escort agencies, fake "massage" businesses, strip clubs and street prostitution.

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  • The Life: What's next?

    The Life: What's next?

    Final At this point, we've seen how incredibly complicated the issue of prostitution is. As a community, how can all these pieces be unraveled? Where do you start? Whose job is it to take on the task? "No one wants to look at the dark side," commented Louise Coggins, 

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    "The Life" has taken you through the complicated issue of prostitution. As a community, how can all these pieces be unraveled? Where do you start? Whose job is it to take on the task?

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  • A Safe Place

    A Safe Place

    A Safe Place opened its doors in 2012, as the realization of our vision to address the enormous lack of supportive services and housing for victims of human trafficking in America.

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    A Safe Place opened its doors in 2012, as the realization of our vision to address the enormous lack of supportive services and housing for victims of human trafficking in America.

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