The field of sex work has undergone a massive expansion in the past ten years. In this new Second Edition, three leading researchers come together to provide an interdisciplinary outline of sex work. This book provides comprehensive coverage of key areas common to the study of the female sex industry, as well as considering issues relating to male and transgender sex workers, young people who are sexually exploited, and migrant sex workers. It also includes discussion of more recent forms of commercial sex such as Internet-based sex work. International in perspective, Prostitution: Sex Work, Policy & Politics combines sociological approaches with criminology and criminal justice studies, social policy, health research, and sexuality studies.

Communities, Services and Welfare

Communities, Services and Welfare

This chapter picks up on themes discussed in Chapter 7 and continues to discuss the relationship between criminal justice policy and the management of prostitution. This is done in the context of community’s demands, activism and vigilantism. A perspective on the relationship between communities and sex workers is presented which discusses solutions through mediation and working in partnership. In addition, the balance between social policy and welfare provision, the emphasis on exiting programmes and the need for joined-up services are explored.

Communities, Safety and Street Sex Work

Impact on communities

While not exclusively, street-based sex work has tended to be located in comparatively deprived inner-city areas (Hubbard et al., 2007). A number of reports document the negative impacts of street ...

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