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The lowest in the food chain of the sex industry are the hardened sex workers who cling to their job for one reason or another.

These are women, usually addicted to some form of [[HookersAndBlow illegal drugs]], who stand around on street corners in run-down areas. Their HollywoodDressCode (usually much nicer than what actual crackwhores wear) includes tiny skirts, six-inch plastic heels, [[PrettyInMink rabbit fur jackets]] or [[ItsFakeFurItsFine fake fur jackets]], a gallon of makeup, and crop tops, [[ExposedToTheElements even if it's freezing outside.]]

Among the various forms that prostitution can take, streetwalking is easily among the most dangerous -- streetwalkers are at serious risk of being assaulted (physically or sexually), mugged, or outright [[DisposableSexWorker murdered]], and in countries where they operate outside the law (and even some where it's legal), good luck finding police who care.

Particularly likely to be the DisposableSexWorker. Also very common setups for a DirtyHarriet scenario.

Compare HookerWithAHeartOfGold.

Contrast HighClassCallGirl. Women in the higher echelons of the sex trade may look at a street prostitute with pity (glad not to be in her shoes) or fear (of ending up where she is once their beauty starts to fade).


[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* [[spoiler: Huo Long]]'s backstory in ''Manga/HaouAiren''.
* Maki from ''Anime/WeissKreuz'', a cute-looking HookerWithAHeartOfGold who befriends Youji and reminds him of [[spoiler: his old partner Asuka.]] [[spoiler: Then she becomes a DisposableSexWorker, much to Youji's tearful anger.]]
* The protagonist of the {{Hentai}} ''Cage'' resorts to this after her disappeared boyfriend maxed out her credit cards, and emptied her bank account. She then meets a man who promised to help her financial situation if she worked for him, in his brothel, [[SexSlave where he had no intention of letting her go.]]

[[folder: ComicBooks]]
* [[CanonImmigrant In her very first appearances in the comics]], ComicBook/{{X 23}} spent some time after escaping the Facility as this. She specialized in cutting clients with her claws, though it's implied her services did extend to actual sex (despite being somewhere between ''14 and 16'' during this time period. The book is unclear exactly when ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'' takes place in her history).

[[folder: FanFic]]
* C'ren of ''FanFic/OneLessLonelyGurl'' and ''FanFic/PlanktonsEyeView'' is one.
* [[spoiler: Kortney Krelbutz]] became one in ''FanFic/WhoSilencedEllyPatterson'' after the events in ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' that [[spoiler: got her fired for stealing]].

* In Creator/JeanRenoir film ''La Chienne'', a cold-hearted streetwalker manipulates the meek older man who falls in love with her. In the [[ForeignRemake American remake]], ''Film/ScarletStreet'', the woman isn't explicitly stated to be a streetwalker but it's pretty obvious.
* 1934 Chinese film ''Film/TheGoddess'' is a remarkably frank portrayal of the depressing life of a streetwalker in Shanghai.
* Vinessa Shaw in ''Film/EyesWideShut'' was an absurdly attractive example of one.
* Rita of ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' was one.
* The main character of ''Film/PrettyWoman'' was one of these.
* The Da Nang prostitute in ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.
* Many of them paraded through Old Town in ''Film/SinCity'' looking like dominatrices and acting the part when messed with. The comic version depicted standard streetwalkers outside of the neighborhood as well.
* In ''Film/HellraiserInferno'', the DirtyCop protagonist Joseph Thorne picks up a hooker from the streets to spend the night with.
* ''Film/SeventhHeaven'': Diane is a streetwalker. Chico lies that she's his wife to save her from a police sweep. When the cop says they'll be following up on that, Chico and Diane realize that she'll have to move in and pretend to be his wife. Naturally, they fall in love.
* Lulu from ''Film/PandorasBox'' resorts to this after being reduced to poverty. She meets UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
* In ''Film/NightsOfCabiria'', Cabiria is an Italian streetwalker who has a surprisingly optimistic outlook on life, considering her dire, depressing circumstances.
* Yukiko of ''Film/GinzaCosmetics'' is an aging bar girl who finds johns at the bar and takes them home--but she knows that it could always be worse. She's out at a diner when she sees a streetwalker leave her preschool daughter in the diner before going out to troll for men. A horrified Yukiko says "That could be me."
* Towards the end of ''Film/TheLifeOfOharu'', Oharu, who goes on a long slide from noblewoman to homeless beggar, is working as a streetwalker in a sad, dusty 18th century Japanese village. She is humiliated when a man pays for her services, only to instead show her to his band of religious pilgrims as an example of the fate of sinners.
* Arthur Bach spots two hookers on a corner at the beginning of ''Film/{{Arthur}}''. He picks one of them up, then tells his driver to "Give her friend a hundred dollars. She came in second."
* Atti in ''Film/AGirlWalksHomeAloneAtNight''. The film doesn't just hint that she's at risk for male violence, it shows how the drug dealer treats her, and also shows another man tying her up and inject heroin into her body despite her protests.

* In the Literature/StephaniePlum novels, Lula was one.
* "Christie" in ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' (also in the film adaptation).
* Sarah the HookerWithAHeartOfGold from ''Literature/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman''.
* In ''Literature/ReservedForTheCat'', the heroine Ninette has been trained in ballet for a future career as a HighClassCallGirl, but when her circumstances take a turn, she braces herself to become one of these. Fortunately, her cat rescues her.
* In ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial, the city of Daggerpoint's streets are walked by skimpily clad women, and some men, who wander around and solicit prospective customers.

* Features on ''Series/WireInTheBlood'' a lot.
* ''Series/TheBill'' has them and [[DirtyHarriet female officers have been known to dress like them]] as part of stake-outs, to keep watch.
* The [[SerialKiller Ice Truck Killer]] in ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' went after a series of these.
* Meg from ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' started out as one.
* ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' features a streetwalker duo and their softhearted asthmatic pimp as recurring characters.
* Occasionally are featured on ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', sometimes as a DisposableSexWorker, sometimes as TheInformant.
** One episode focused on an aging hooker who has been working the streets for close to thirty years. Olivia met her years earlier and is quite surprised that the woman is still alive. After she helps the police catch a spree killer, the SVU team tries to find a way to get her off the streets.
* Patty The Daytime Hooker on ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. As they explain when she's introduced the first few times, it takes a special kind of woman to work the streets in the day instead of at night.
* The first season of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has Nick falling for a hooker, who is indeed killed by her pimp. Her pimp claims she was going back to school to ''recruit'' for the job and leave him. She is, of course, incredibly beautiful and doesn't suffer from abuse or drug addiction, unlike most real-life prostitutes.
** A rather similar thing happens to Warrick in the eighth season.
* Wendy, a meth-addicted prostitute in ''Series/BreakingBad''.

* "Slow Down" by Brand Nubian is a WhatTheHellHero directed at the speaker's ex-girlfriend, who has been selling her body to pay for her crack habit.
* "Tomorrow We'll See" by Sting is based on a documentary on teenage transvestite streetwalkers in Brazil.
* The music video for "''Prayer''" by Music/{{Disturbed}} has one of these that had recently been bought/used. The theme of the song is one of trial and tribulation, so her situation is made decidedly more tragic by images flashing on the screen showing her [[ChildrenAreInnocent as a little girl]], [[BreakTheCutie before she had to turn to her current life]].
* "When The Sun Goes Down" by Music/ArcticMonkeys is about a streetwalker and her abusive pimp. It was inspired by the band's chance encounter with one and their wondering what led her to lead that kind of life.
* In Music/CageTheElephant's "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked," the narrator is approached by one of these, who claims she has to make money just like everyone else.
* "Roxanne" by Music/ThePolice from ''Music/OutlandosDAmour'' is about a streetwalker, and the singer who's trying to convince her she doesn't have to do it.
* Music/SimonAndGarfunkel sing about this in "The Boxer".
--> ''Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a job\\
But I get no offers\\
Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue\\
I do declare\\
There were times when I was so lonesome I took some comfort there''
* "Bad Girls" by Music/DonnaSummer from her album ''Music/BadGirls''
--> ''See them out on the street at night, walkin' ''
--> ''Picking up on all kinds of strangers''
--> ''If the price is right''
* "There She Goes Again", from ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico''.

* Aldonza in ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'', who describes herself as a "kitchen slut" and "the most casual bride of the murdering scum of the earth".

* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' has Butterscotch, a teenage girl who propositions the Shinto-Buddhist priest Kamimura. Due to his simple, sheltered nature he seems not even to understand what she's offering.
* The basis of ''WebVideo/{{Manwhores}}'' is the characters acting as these, with much of the early comedy revolving around their ineptness and awkwardness at it. Gems include Kevin awkwardly shouting "Sex for money, sex for money" repeatedly on a street corner. Randy actually turns out to be quite good at it, apparently due to to the power of his PornStache.

* Briefly depicted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' in "The Ultimate Thrill" and subsequently in the flashback scenes from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. [[FanNickname Freckles and Blondie]] don't have a single line, but [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar it's not hard to guess their occupation]] from the way they're dressed.
* Also referenced in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' in "Brave New Metropolis" in which Lois Lane travels to a wretched alternate version of Metropolis in which Superman has joined forces with Lex Luthor. Seeing her a bit ''too'' nicely dressed for the run-down crime-riddled part of town where she's landed, some passing motorist yells "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Go stand on some other corner]], you tart!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' episode "Dearly Beloved Seed" it's hinted Hesh had a past as one of these, as 'falling off the wagon' to him is prostituting himself to a john. The original version of the episode (present on the Season 3 DVD) makes it more explicit, as streetwalking was how Hesh met Debbie Dupree.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Greek history makes this OlderThanFeudalism: A famous sandal with markings on its sole that would leave prints reading "''ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΕΙ''" ("akolouthei," i.e., "follow me") was found in Athens, probably dating from the classical period (c. 4th century BCE). It appears that the streetwalkers were not the lowest rank of prostitutes in Classical Athens; as free and independent businesswomen, they seem to have been the middle of the scale, between the cheap slave prostitutes of the public brothels established by Solon (which by statute had prices of one obol, or a day’s wages for a laborer) and the higher-class ''hetairai'' (courtesans, generally expected to be intellectually and artistically talented as well as hot). And as the shoe shows, some could even attract the kind of relatively-well-off clientele who could read, suggesting that a streetwalker might be able to work her way up into ''hetaira'' status in some cases.