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Women of the Street: How the Criminal Justice-Social Services Alliance Fails Women in Prostitution

Susan Dewey and Tonia St. Germain


This is a book about people who make their living by engaging in street-based sex trading and criminal justice and social services efforts to curtail it through the work of police officers, public defenders, judges, probation officers, or court-mandated therapeutic treatment providers. Coauthored by an anthropologist and a legal scholar, the book explores these interactions and the cultural context in which they take place by drawing upon six years of ethnographic research with hundreds of women involved in street-based prostitution and illicit drug use, as well as dozens of the criminal justi ... More

Keywords: prostitution, policing, criminal justice system, drug use

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479854493
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479854493.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Dewey, author
University of Wyoming

Tonia St. Germain, author
Eastern Oregon University