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The Oxford Handbook of Criminology

The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (7th edn)

Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra
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date: 29 May 2024

p. 41719. Prostitution and sex worklocked

p. 41719. Prostitution and sex worklocked

  • Jo Phoenix


This chapter explores current characteristics and contexts of women’s involvement in prostitution and sex work, particularly as they have evolved during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, before describing criminological knowledge about prostitution and sex workers. The final sections of the chapter review current regulatory frameworks governing women’s involvement in prostitution. Running throughout the chapter is the question: what is the relationship between how prostitution is theorized and the politics of prostitution policy and its reform?

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