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Policing PleasureSex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective$
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Susan Dewey and Patty Kelly

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785089

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785089.001.0001

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International Trends in the Control of Sexual Services

International Trends in the Control of Sexual Services

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Michael Goodyear

Ronald Weitzer

NYU Press

This chapter examines two major trends in the way governments recently have dealt with sex work: intensified criminalization aimed at eradicating it and liberalization based on principles of harm reduction, labor rights, and civil regulation of commerce. It explains how such policies are influenced by the interplay of forces at the national and international levels and considers the roles played by key actors in shaping policies in three nations: Sweden, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. It explores how a spectrum of approaches to the regulation of sex work evolved in these three nations and how hese public policy outcomes have been shaped by local cultures. Finally, it analyzes the extent to which the prostitution policies of these three countries are evidence-based.

Keywords:   sex work, criminalization, harm reduction, civil regulation, commerce, Sweden, New Zealand, Netherlands, prostitution, public policy

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