Understanding Exploitation in Consensual Sex Work to Inform Occupational Health & Safety Regulation
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2020) | Viewed by 53947
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Interests: intersections of gender, class and Indigeneity; sexualities; health and human rights; evidence-based policy
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Sex work is bifurcated in most countries around the world today, without consensus on laws and regulations affecting those who willingly sell sexual services. In a few jurisdictions, sex work has been conceptualized as paid labor that may involve economic exploitation, and government protection has extended occupational and social rights to sex workers similar to those enjoyed by other workers. In most other jurisdictions, sex work is presumed to be sexual exploitation and resulted in the criminalization of sexual purchase and Criminal Code and other sanctions against those who attempt to buy sexual services and manage sex work establishments.
The laws and regulations determined by these different views of the exploitation of sex workers have a crucial impact on public policy that empower or disempower sex workers and improve or worsen their health, safety and social rights. Social science research that manages to capture the voices of sex workers about their working conditions, the extent of exploitation they experience in their job, and what they want in regard to state protection and social rights more generally, is both germane and timely. Additionally, studies that clarify the conditions of exploitation and willing participation and studies of the intended and unintended effects of policy are pertinent. This Special Issue invites submissions that report on these interrelated issues. Papers from disadvantaged regions of the globe are especially welcomed.
Prof. Cecilia M. Benoit
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- Sex work
- sexual services
- laws and regulations