Women's Addiction To Prostitution

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Day labourers, London prostitutes, and Mexican migrants are communities that live on the margins of society. Their status and occupation labels them as outcasts as they are considered to be communities who are deviant from societal norms (Gill 1999:120; Day 1999:141; Gonzales and Chavez 2012:277) These individuals live their daily lives in the ‘here and now’, in other words, their temporal orientation is towards the present. According to Park et al., (2016:1-5) and Kwapinska (2009:433), temporal orientation towards the present refers to a cognitive structure where individuals live and focus on their day- to-day life, they do not think about the future nor do they make future plans. In addition, these individuals have an ongoing concentration …show more content…
They have an addiction to spending immediately rather than investing in their future and setting long-term goals/plans (Day 1999:147). It is evident that these women become prostitutes for the money as many claim to want to “get rich quick” (Day 1999:139). Therefore, when these women begin earning money they experience a limited choice with what they can do with their money (Day 1999:147). This results in them spending their earning on themselves which turns into an addiction (Day 1999:147-148). Additionally, this addiction is due to their inability to save money as there are barriers surrounding their illegal line of work (Day 1999:146-147). Thus, these women live their lives in the here and now, as they are merely fixated on spending their earnings instead of saving and making future plans (Day 1999:146-147). These women believe that the faster they spend money the less likely it is to impact important relationship (Day 1999:148) The immediate spending of their earnings also make it difficult for them to set up “a more respectable future” (Day 1999:148). Women work as prostitutes in order to make enough money so they can move on with their lives but, “in the process of moving on, the future loses its attraction” (Day 1999:148). This illustrates how the London prostitutes have a temporal orientation towards the …show more content…
In addition, their precarious status makes them feel as if their life is ‘on hold’ as they live day-to-day ensuring they do not do anything wrong which results in their deportation (Villegas 2014:284). Many migrants are reluctant to buy a bed this is due to their inability to plan for the future as they do not know if they will be here tomorrow, therefore they do not invest on furniture or other material goods (Villegas 2014:285). These migrants are constantly living in their present reality as they may be here now but may not be here tomorrow, thus, it is difficult for them to make plans about being ‘here’ or even belonging ‘here’ (Villegas 2014:287). Their inability to make future plans also result in the inability to make long-term financial plans (Villegas 2014:284). The physical work migrants do take a toll on their body and mind (Villegas 2014:285). They have to work long hours to make enough money and when they have made enough money they are unable to go to school to study due to the tiring manual labor (Villegas 2014:285). These migrants are continuously reminded to live their lives in the here and now in order to not break laws or violate their immigration policies as fear of deportation control them (Villegas

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