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.

Globalization and the Sex Trade

Globalization and the Sex Trade

This chapter explores the global relationships between sex markets, people who travel to work in the sex industry voluntarily alongside the more complex notion of trafficking. We will focus briefly upon sex tourism and outline the international and European instruments used to tackle trafficking and prostitution in the context of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in the UK.

Moving Across Borders

In previous chapters we found that historically, selling sex is a deeply embedded cultural practice that has through time been coded and classified as prostitution, and more recently as sex work. We have also seen a shift in discourses from sin and morality to labour law and human rights that acknowledge the issue of violence and ...

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