The Problem with Sex Work Policies

  • Gillian AbelEmail author

Sex work is constructed in many different ways in society, whether it be as morally repugnant, an outcome of patriarchal oppression, an inevitable result of social inequalities, or as work freely chosen. Because of these very polarized ideas of what sex work is, policy in this area is hotly debated around the world and I commend Benoit, Smith, Jansson, Healey, and Magnuson (2018) for their Target Article synthesizing different arguments on perspectives and consequent policies. I think it is an excellent starting point for those who are new to the field and looking at the difficult terrain within which sex workers, activists, researchers, and policy-makers operate.

Benoit et al. (2018) very interestingly argue that policy responses to sex work are motivated by two different perspectives on social inequalities. I agree with them in that it is in the name of addressing gender inequalities that repressive policy responses are formulated. However, I do not see that restrictive and...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Population HealthUniversity of Otago, ChristchurchChristchurchNew Zealand

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