Prostitute Offender Program

Program Overview

Community Resources for Women

Since 2003, Umoja has provided a 12-week class to women charged with a Soliciting Sex Acts for Hire offense. The class’ ultimate goal is to decrease prostitution in the Salt Lake Valley by encouraging participants to critically evaluate their behavior and its sources and identify necessary changes.

The class provides structured opportunities for participants to assess what in their personal experiences and the larger cultural context influenced their decision to prostitute and the impact that decision has had on their lives, families, and the greater community. The class serves as a preliminary step for the women to discover the larger personal changes they must make to leave prostitution.

Participants complete weekly homework assignments, which are discussed at the beginning of every class. Each class begins with a “feelings check-in”, which encourages participants to assess their reactions to life events, understand how those feelings impact their behavior, and develop skills to communicate them appropriately with others. All classes operate in an interactive format, with participants receiving encouragement to share their perspectives on how the topics relate to them personally. The class operates under a set of ground rules, which all participants agree to follow.


  Week 1: Female Socialization
Purpose: to identify differences between male and female socialization, and to understand how female socialization impacts relationship behavior.

Week 2: Male Socialization
Purpose: to gain understanding of male socialization process and its impact on male-female relationships.

Week 3: Family of Origin
Purpose: to reflect on messages participants received from their families about themselves and determine the impact these messages have had on their lives.

Week 4: Impact of Violence
Purpose: to understand how violence impacts our lives and relationship choices.

Week 5: Healthy Intimate Relationships
Purpose: to explore the difference between  healthy and unhealthy interpersonal relationships.

Week 6: Anger
Purpose: to identify the way participants express anger and the relational impact of their anger style and to increase awareness of alternative anger management choices.

Weeks 7 and 8: Communication
Purpose: to increase awareness of the relational impacts of different communication styles and to introduce new interpersonal skills.

Week 9: Sexual Messages
Purpose: to gain perspective about how familial relations, upbringing, religion, peers, and the media impact our sexual relationships and behavior.

Week  10:  Rape and Sexual Assault
Purpose: to help class participants define rape and sexual assault and begin the process of  healing from sexual violence.

Week 11: HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections Prevention
Purpose: to decrease the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections between prostitutes, johns and their partners.

Week 12: Personal Power and Support Systems
Purpose: to encourage class participants to make healthier decisions about their lives.