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, Labour Rights and Unionization

Sex workers, labour rights and unionization

This chapter will explore the rise of the sex workers' labour movement across the world. In doing so, an examination of the rise of the ‘sex as work’ movement, from the late 1960s, will be traced. The development of the labour rights movement which includes the World Charter for Prostitutes' Rights and the more recent Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe explain the human rights basis of the movement. Global organizing is examined with country-specific examples from Australia, the USA, India and Brazil. The individual country successes and the global impact of the sex worker rights movements are discussed in conjunction with the acknowledgement of the difficulties and limitations of the ...

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