Prostitution refers to the exchange of sexual acts for different forms of payment (money, drugs, or occasionally other goods). Sex work remains a controversial topic. It can be examined through historical, ideological, cultural, sociological, legal, and economic lenses. Prostitution entails a myriad of actors, such as the sex workers themselves, their spouses, clients, managers, traffickers, and law enforcement (and other) authorities, all of them potentially constituting a distinct field of research. Prostitution is also a global phenomenon, conducted in many different forms and in diverse cultural contexts, strongly influenced by a globalized economy and the global movement of people.
Gathering data on the sex industry is an especially challenging task (Frances 2005). There are only a few countries in which the sex industry is legalized and where the population involved in this economic activity can be reached and/or is willing to participate in surveys and interviews....
KeywordsSex industry Prostitution Mental health Physical health Public health
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