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.
Chapter 7: Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry
Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry
This chapter examines the legal and socio-cultural dimensions of the sex industry within which the ‘problem’ of prostitution, as a crime against morality, is organized, perceived and regulated. The cultural context and social construction of ‘the prostitute’ form the backdrop for the legal models of control. It also examines the shift from enforcement to ‘welfarist’ models of social control and the current politics of prostitution reform. These key themes need to be contextualized within a broader understanding of globalization, the global sex trade, Europeanization and current social policy and prostitution reform, in order to analyse crime, justice and the sex industry in the twenty-first century. The final discussion focuses on the UK policy context ...