Legalizing Prostitution

Legalizing Prostitution

From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business

Book - 2012
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"Some towns in Nevada have legal brothels where sex can be bought lawfully, yet in Las Vegas, prostitutes and their patrons are regularly prosecuted for exchanging sex for money, just as they are elsewhere in the United States. While sex work has long been controversial, it has become even more contested over the past decade as laws, policies, and enforcement practices have become more repressive in many nations, partly as a result of the ascendancy of interest groups committed to the total abolition of the sex industry. Legalizing Prostitution maps out the current terrain. Using America as a backdrop, Weitzer draws on extensive field research in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany to illustrate alternatives to American-style criminalization and marginalization of sex workers. These cases are then used to develop a roster of "best practices" that can serve as a model for other nations considering legalization. Legalizing Prostitution provides a theoretically grounded comparative analysis of political dynamics, policy outcomes, and red-light landscapes in nations where prostitution has been legalized and regulated by the government, presenting a rich and novel portrait of the multifaceted world of legal sex for sale"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780814794630
Branch Call Number: 306.742 WEITZER
Characteristics: xii, 284 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jun 05, 2013

An erudite look at legalizing prostitution. The book reviews locations in the western world where prostitution has been legalized comparing the results for sex workers safety and well being. The author points to many studies which contradict the notions put forth by prohibitionists that all the workers are exploited and coerced. In the conclusions the author lists some best practices from the different jurisdictions to allow for the most safety, fulfillment and economic benefit for the sex workers. The author does neglect the truly marginalized street workers in desperate straights and focuses on the higher end working in brothels and escort agencies. The author only generalizes on cracking down and cleaning up the street prostitution something easier said then done. The book is definitely worth reading.


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