Human Trafficking and Prostitution: Global Prevalence, Gender Perspectives and Health Risks


Jacqueline Simmons (Editor)

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC059000

During the last decades, sociologists and urban geographers developed a substantial corpus of studies on the spatial organization of sex markets in the city, as well as on urban conflicts and exclusionary policies implemented by public authorities. So far, not as much has been done towards analyzing how political communication and mass media construct the public figure of “prostitution” and the “prostitute” in order to support repressive and exclusionary urban policies.

The first chapter intends to analyze the representations of street prostitution, and particularly of streetwalkers’ bodies, produced by public discourses – fueling conflicts around the visibility of sex commerce in the urban space. It aims to show how, in post-modern “space wars” on urban battlefields where communities’ social, ethnic as well as sexual identities are at stake, sex workers are often targeted as a major source of concern and depicted as foreign bodies to be eradicated from what is perceived as a socially, ethnically and culturally homogeneous collectivity. There are a handful of programs that help women exit prostitution, but few have any rigorous outcomes. The authors of chapter two present the need for such programs and introduce a therapeutic intervention for women seeking exit from prostitution that assesses prospective outcomes. The book includes a commentary on the difficult assessment of prostitution from a German perspective.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

pp. vii-ix

Chapter 1
Polluting Bodies: Everyday Language and the Otherisation of Sex Workers in Local Struggles Against Prostitution
(Giorgia Serughetti, Department of Sociology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy)
pp. 1-18

Chapter 2
The Need for an Innovative Approach to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Street-Level Prostitutes
(Andrea M. Link and David S. Buck, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, TX, USA)
pp. 19-32

Chapter 3
Between Order and Autonomy: The Difficult Assessment of Prostitution. A German Perspective
(Thorsten Benkel, Universität Passau, Passau, Germany)
pp. 33-44

pp. 45-128

pp. 129-140

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