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.

Communities, Services and Welfare

Communities, services and welfare

This chapter picks up on themes discussed in Chapter 7 and continues to discuss the relationship between criminal justice policy and the management of prostitution. This is done in the context of community's demands, activism and vigilantism. A fresh perspective on the relationship between communities and sex workers is presented which discusses solutions through mediation and working in partnership. In addition, the balance between social policy and welfare provision, the emphasis on exiting programmes and the need for joined up services are explored.

Communities, Safety and Street Sex Work

Impact on Communities

While not exclusively, street-based sex work has tended to be located in areas of comparative deprivation (Hubbard, 1999a). A number of reports document the negative impacts of street sex ...

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