Many commentators have attempted to analyze and explain the nature of prostitution. However this is the first textbook to offer a complete overview of the way it operates within contemporary society, its characteristics, organizational structures, and cultural contexts. The book also explores how criminal, social, and health policies have sought to regulate and control the selling of sex. Written by leading experts with over 20 years’ experience in researching and teaching on the field, this is a must for all criminology, criminal justice, and sociology students taking modules in sex industry and prostitution 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 transgendered workers and outlines many different types of sex work. Routes into and out of the sex industry are discussed as well as mobility within the 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 and drug dealers who may draw people into the sex industry. Research is then summarized on the following key issues: health and drug use; violence ...

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