Prostitutes, Prostitution and the Law

  • Joanna Phoenix


The legal contexts within which prostitute women work comprise, inter alia the formal laws regarding prostitution and the publicly backed (and at times publicly funded) initiatives that frame particular forms of intervention into the lives of prostitute women. Within Britain’s current legal framework, prostitution is conceived of as both a public nuisance problem and a public sexual health problem, and prostitutes themselves are constituted as different from other women. In combination these constructions permit very particular forms of intervention into the lives of prostitute women and thus help to structure the experiences they have of prostitution. This chapter examines the manner in which prostitution and prostitutes are made sense of within Britain’s current legal framework.


Venereal Disease Sexual Offence Sexual Health Information Public Nuisance Street Prostitution 
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© Joanna Phoenix 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanna Phoenix
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social and Policy SciencesBath UniversityUK

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