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Price of Sex: Prostitution, Policy and Society

by Belinda Brooks-Gordon - £30.99  Willan Publishing (2006)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781843920878 | ISBN 10: 1843920875

As a society we are buying more sex than ever before. Adult sex shops now take their place amongst retailers in the high street and lap dancing clubs compete for an increased share of the leisure economy; hotel chains offer sexually explicit films as part of their standard service, the party selling of adult toys to women in their homes has become a mainstream activity; and at the traditional end of the sexual service economy, prostitution has experienced new growth.
 
Along with this has come new legal measure and attempts to regulate the sexual leisure economy, and far more comprehensive plans than ever before to regulate prostitution, in particular in the form of the new Sex Offences Act. This book seeks to address the range of issues and contemporary debates on the sex industry, including the demand by customers who buy sex, the policing of women who work in the street sex industry, and the violence that pervades prostitution. It shows how these issues have been addressed in policy terms, the problems that have emerged in this, and how a social policy might be formulated to minimize harm and enhance public understanding.
 
Overall the book aims to provide a critical perspective on prostitution policies and the legal chaos and complexities that surround this.

  • society buys more sex than ever before
  • focus on issue of how society deals with the selling of sexual services and how it is to be regulated
  • provides a critical perspective on recent legislation and the chaos surrounding attempts to regulate it

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