Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 211–235

New directions in research on prostitution


DOI: 10.1007/s10611-005-1735-6

Cite this article as:
Weitzer, R. Crime Law Soc Change (2005) 43: 211. doi:10.1007/s10611-005-1735-6


This article critically evaluates the theoretical and empirical literature on contemporary prostitution. Most research focuses exclusively on street prostitution and female workers, with much less attention devoted to indoor prostitution, male and transgender workers, customers, and managers. Drawing on the sparse literature available on these underexamined topics, the article demonstrates how further research will yield a more nuanced and multifaceted understanding of contemporary prostitution.

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA