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.

Sex Workers and Sex Work

Sex Workers and Sex Work

The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of up-to-date research and literature on the complex nature of the sex industry and those who work in and manage the industry. The chapter discusses female, male and transgender workers and outlines many types of sex work. Routes into and out of the sex industry are discussed as well as mobility within markets. The chapter challenges some common stereotypes and opens up the diversity of those working in the sex industry and of others involved, such as partners, pimps, drug dealers and other third parties who may influence the trajectories and working conditions of people involved in the industry. Research is also summarized on the ...

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