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.

Globalization and the Sex Trade

Globalization and the sex trade

This chapter explores the global relationships between sex markets, people who travel to work in the sex industry voluntarily alongside the more complex notion of trafficking. We will focus briefly upon sex tourism and outline the international and European instruments used to tackle trafficking and prostitution.

Moving Across Borders

In previous chapters we found that historically selling sex is a deeply embedded cultural practice that has through time been coded and classified as prostitution, and more recently as sex work. We have also seen a shift in discourses from sin and morality to labour law and human rights that acknowledge the issue of violence and exploitation for women, men and young people working in the sex industry, largely ...

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