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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.

Compare/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).
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* [[spoiler: Huo Long]]'s backstory in ''HaouAiren''.
* Maki from ''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.]]

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* [[CanonImmigrant In her very first appearances in the comics]], {{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).

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

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

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[[folder: Film ]]

* 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 ''EyesWideShut'' was an absurdly attractive example of one.
* Rita of ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' was one.
* The main character of ''PrettyWoman'' was one of these.
* The Da Nang prostitute in ''FullMetalJacket''.
* Many of them paraded through Old Town in ''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 7th Heaven]]'': 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.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the StephaniePlum novels, Lula was one.
* "Christie" in ''AmericanPsycho'' (also in the film adaptation).
* Sarah the HookerWithAHeartOfGold from ''Literature/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman''.
* In ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Reserved for the Cat]]'', 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.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* 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.
* ''TheKidsInTheHall'' features a streetwalker duo and their softhearted asthmatic pimp as recurring characters.
* Occasionally are featured on ''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 ''MyNameIsEarl''
* The first season of ''{{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.
** Also in ''{{CSI}}'', Grissom had for a while a kind of is-she-or-isn't-she-interested attraction to Lady Heather, an intelligent but intense woman who ran an S&M club. She was not the delicate flower in need of nurturing, though, but more of a velvet glove and iron fist in one.
* Wendy, a meth-addicted prostitute in ''Series/BreakingBad''.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* "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 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.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

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

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* ''BrokenSaints'' has Butterscotch, a teenage girl who propositions the Shinto-Buddhist priest Kamimura. Due to his simple, sheltered nature he seems not to even understand what she means.
* The basis of ''{{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.
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