“The Prostitution Problem”: Insights from Senegal
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In their Target Article, Benoit, Smith, Jansson, Healey, and Magnuson (2018) offer a welcome contribution to the polarized realm of academic debate about “the prostitution problem.” In their measured and thorough review, Benoit et al. examine the conceptual underpinnings of the two main views of prostitution (e.g., the gender inequality perspective and the social inequality perspective). Benoit et al. demonstrate how these distinct understandings of sex work shape research agendas. Most importantly, they interrogate these paradigms by conducting an empirical evaluation of their policy applications and outcomes. The article thereby moves beyond the theoretical debates by examining whether these policies achieve their objectives. In light of the available evidence, Benoit et al. conclude that integrative approaches that address multiple social inequalities are most effective at mitigating the social exclusion of sex workers.
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The author declares that she has no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of Clark University and Senegal’s national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
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