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Prostitution up nationwide due to recession’s woes, says a university study

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EUGENE, Oregon – Two older men walk into a crowded bar with two younger looking ladies on their arms. They order drinks and then dinner. The men talk amongst themselves as the “ladies” chat about business. The “business” they’re discussing is prostitution and it’s up, way up, say local and national law enforcement officials who point to the recession as one main cause for more women selling themselves to help make ends meet.

Police reporting more ‘johns’ arrested

When Cornell University began to investigate the human toll of this lingering recession, a somewhat surprising finding came to light. “There’s a link between the skyrocketing foreclosure rate and prostitution.”

At the same time, local and state police authorities report a rise in prostitution nationwide due to “various reasons” state officials during televised busts of prostitutes.

The Cornell University study noted, for example, that with the “nationwide explosion of abandoned foreclosures being turned into prostitution houses, conditions are in place making it easier and more prosperous to do so and it is happening often enough to get media attention.”

Cornell University researchers also noted that, in a down economy, more people are walking the streets looking for opportunities to make money.

Moreover, other recession research notes that a rise in crime – to include prostitution – is “common during times of recession.”

Lack of “love” and deep human emotions in a time of recession

“We didn’t get enough time with our mother and father holding us when we were children. Even the toughest person needs love and feeling wanted. We see the results when this doesn’t happen in our culture. People turn to other things to fulfill this deep need to be loved and cared for,” explained Morris “Morrie” Schwartz back in 1995 before his death on the “Nightline” TV show.

Schwartz, who’s famous for being the subject of the book “Tuesdays With Morrie,” also noted that anytime you have “a culture” that is depressed and just unhappy there are needs to be met. Sometimes those needs are love, and feeling love.”

While nobody really knows why the world’s oldest profession is still so active in this time of recession, Schwartz said “it’s only human to want to feel loved and be held and appreciated.”

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