Alison Bass, MLA, Assistant Professor of Journalism at West Virginia University, in her 2015 book titled Getting Screwed, Sex Workers and the Law, wrote:

“While antiprostitution laws have done little to stem the thriving industry in recreational sex, they exact a high price on public health and safety. Although violence is not intrinsic to the sex trade… many sex workers fear getting arrested if they report violent clients or exploitative pimps. Hence, criminalization allows killers and others to prey on women with impunity. Predators target prostitutes precisely because they are less likely to go to the police, and nonprostitutes are victimized as well when killers go unchecked…

[L]aws criminalizing prostitution also foster corruption among some police offers, who harass sex workers for free sex in exchange for not arresting them.”