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Street Prostitution



Streetprostitution has become a primary mode of crime in many of thedistricts making up Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina. Froma survey conducted by the police department, prostitution isidentified as problematic in the downtown part of the city. Withprostitution as a major crime in the city, the police focused ondeveloping the means to end street prostitution in the streets of thecity through problem-solving efforts (Weisel, 2004). The studyanalyzes the different ways of curbing the model of criminal behaviorin the community. The objective of the survey was to investigatestreet prostitution as a type of criminal conduct and proceed toexplain the causes and the various means of reducing criminalbehavior in the society. Therefore, this paper presents a criticalreview of the study.


Thecase study focuses on evaluating the process of problem-solvingefforts as a method of solving community issues that emerge in thecommunity. The case study presents a real life scenario that valuesthe concept of solving challenges that make up the society. The casestudy provided a good example of a situation where criminal activityis investigated, analyzed, and solutions determined based on thecauses and effects on the community (Weisel, 2004). The case studyacts as a reflection of the modern day society. From the case study,the causes of social challenges in the community can be analyzed. Inthis case, the study described a practical significance of solvingthe patterns of criminal acts in the social environment. Criminologyis regarded as the study of the causes, effects, and prediction ofcriminal behavior in the community. The case study presents a surveyon the causes of prostitution in Raleigh and provides awell-elaborated analysis of how the police worked together withresidents of the area to reduce the rate of prostitution as well asother crimes in the city. The case study provides a reference pointfor psychologists, sociologists, and criminologists in the study andevaluation of criminal behavior in the society.


Thecase study in Raleigh focuses on prostitution as a problematicalfactor to the community of Raleigh. In the study and analysis ofprostitution, the case study addresses certain research questionsthat cover the central aspect of the survey. The first researchquestion of the study was to examine the rate of prostitutionoccurrence in the community. The police first started by analyzingthe incidence of prostitution cases in the crime records. To explorethis question, police analyzed the historical arrest data thatprovided the criminal activities the police had undertaken in streetarrests (Weisel, 2004). The question presented a chance to evaluatethe significance of prostitution in regards to the rate of occurrencein the city. According to the historical data assessed by the police,the results suggested that most people arrested were accounted asprostitutes. The causes of prostitution formed another researchquestion that the case study aimed to elucidate. The police strivedto understand the causes of prostitution and the various factors thatfacilitated it in the community. The impact of prostitution wasanother research question that emerged in the case study of Raleigh.The study prompted a better understanding of the act prostitution andits impact on the social life of the Raleigh community. The overallresearch question of the survey was to determine the causes ofcriminal behavior in the society, with a broad focus on the analysisof criminal conduct. The study also focused on explaining the reasonsfor criminal behavior occurrence as well as its impacts on the socialstate of the society. The study also provided the platform to developmeans of reducing criminal behavior in the society.


Thestudy participants were the residents of Raleigh. Raleigh is thecapital of North Carolina, which is a state in the U.S. The surveyincluded a large number of people from Raleigh with the aim offinding out their perception of criminal activities and the socialchallenges faced by the community. The research included the wholecommunity of Raleigh as a study area. The causes and effects ofsocial problems and their origins in the community were investigated.Different research methods were employed when undertaking the study.


Thestudy involved an analysis of the way of life of the community andtheir perception of prostitution as well as the other forms ofcriminal behavior. Through the survey, the police can developprograms that support better forms of behavior in the community. Thestudy participants equally included the residents, criminals, andpolice officers. Prostitution rate was a key variable in the study.As a form of criminal behavior that formed the focus of thisresearch, the variable played a vital role in determining the studyquestions. The study presented the rate of prostitution as thedependent variable. In the case study, the researchers measured therate of prostitution as an alarming factor and a challenge to thecommunity. The effects of prostitution on the community formedanother major variable significant to the study (Weisel, 2004). Byunderstanding the effects and the perception of the community onprostitution, researchers managed to create an avenue for designingefforts that will curb this form of behavior and address thechallenging issues that affect Raleigh.


Thepolice collected data using various methods with the aim ofdetermining the rate of prostitution in the community. Theresearchers resorted to accessing historical arrest data thatprovided them with sufficient data supporting the high levels ofprostitution and their occurrences in the area. Historic arrest dataprovided information about the criminal histories of prostitution.The data regarded as secondary enabled the researchers to gain accessto the levels of prostitution in the city and the points where it washighly practiced in the capital of North Carolina. The primary datacollection methods were also supported by the significant interactionbetween the police and the residents. The study also utilized aquantitative research study that involved the use of interrogators togain and collect information from the inhabitants of Raleigh.Investigators were sent to all the people of the community includingpolice officers, residents, and prostitutes. The researchers obtaineda more elaborate primary data from the city (Weisel, 2004). The casestudy also included the use of court processing data to describe thepast policies and fines imposed on prostitution. The use of courtprocessing data gave a better description of the efficiency ofexisting judicial decisions on the criminal act.

Analysisand Results

Ananalysis of the findings focused on developing a better understandingof the scope of prostitution near downtown Raleigh. The case studyprovided an analysis of the organization of prostitution in thecommunity. The analysis had a profound focus on exploringprostitution markets in the community to understand the prostitutesand their customers. It assessed the behavior of prostitutes and thereception of it by customers. The study analysis addressed variouspoints such as the geographic market of prostitutions, size, andcomposition of the prostitute population, customers, as well as themarket operations. The transaction location and time, as well as thecriminal justice processing of prostitutes, was also analyzed.

Inconclusion, this paper presented a critical review of the study onstreet prostitution. From this review, a number of conclusions havebeen determined. The study concluded that street prostitution was apractice linked to drug markets. Geographically, the three fullpoints of prostitution were near the drug markets, making it easy forcustomers to gain access. Prostitutes were identified to have accessto medication facilitated by the drug markets around them. While mostprostitutes have been designated as habitual misdemeanants, the studyshowed that majority of them were homeless or had drug addictionproblems. From the study, it would be accurate to conclude that mostprostitutes did not enjoy the criminal act, but rather a highpercentage expressed concerns towards leaving the behavior. The studyidentified the criminal justice system as ineffective in deterringprostitutes from their behavior. From the analysis, it was evidentthat something needed to be done to strengthen the inefficientcriminal justice system concerning fighting prostitution in thecommunity. Prostitution was also identified as a drive-up business,where most transactions took place on the roads in the residentialneighborhoods.


Weisel, D. L. (2004). Street Prostitution in Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh: North Carolina State University.