Legalizing Prostitution: From Illicit Vice to Lawful by Ronald Weitzer

By Ronald Weitzer

A few cities in Nevada have felony brothels the place intercourse can be purchased lawfully, but in Las Vegas, prostitutes and their consumers are on a regular basis prosecuted for replacing intercourse for cash, simply as they're somewhere else within the usa. whereas intercourse paintings has lengthy been arguable, it has turn into much more contested over the last decade as legislation, guidelines, and enforcement practices became extra repressive in lots of international locations, in part end result of the ascendancy of curiosity teams devoted to the whole abolition of the intercourse undefined.

Legalizing Prostitution maps out the present terrain. utilizing the US as a backdrop, Weitzer attracts on vast box examine within the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany to demonstrate possible choices to American-style criminalization and marginalization of intercourse employees. those circumstances are then used to enhance a roster of “best practices” that may function a version for different international locations contemplating legalization. Legalizing Prostitution offers a theoretically grounded comparative research of political dynamics, coverage results, and red-light landscapes in international locations the place prostitution has been legalized and controlled by means of the govt, offering a wealthy and novel portrait of the multifaceted international of criminal intercourse on the market.

"Weitzer, criminologist and professor of sociology at George Washington college, offers an erudite review of intercourse paintings and specified case experiences of 3 towns with red-light districts: Antwerp, Belgium; Frankfurt, Germany; and Amsterdam, the Netherlands." Publishers Weekly "Ronald Weitzer, the top American authority on prostitution, deals readers a complete, astute, and provocative file on prostitution...Legalizing Prostitution demanding situations simple-minded principles a couple of behaviour that takes various kinds, from streetwalking to high-end escort services." Gilbert Geis, writer of White-Collar and company Crime "While there are different fresh books on prostitution coverage, Weitzer's e-book combines cogent principles with attention-grabbing unique examine fabric. A priceless booklet for felony justice policymakers and for critical scholars of prostitution and crime." - Mary Jane Brustman, Library magazine-

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Even wider array of sex for sale. 5 Cleo Odzer’s ethnography describes the hierarchy in sexually oriented bars in Bangkok and Pattaya: Working in a blow job bar or performing in Fucking Shows was at the bottom. Next came dancing nude and performing trick shows.  . Bikini dancing in ground-floor establishments was high status, but working in evening clothes without having to dance, like Hoi, was higher.  . At the top of the status hierarchy were the beauties who didn’t work for a bar at all but came and went on their own time.

A study of call girls and their clients conducted decades ago concluded, “It would be an oversimplification to say that the men saw the call girl simply as a sex object. They wanted not a sex object, but a sex partner. . 80 This evidence clashes with the oppression paradigm’s depiction of all customers as callous or predatory misogynists. 36 | Indoor Prostitution Clients’ testimonials indicate that some of them, and perhaps large numbers, have had very good experiences with sex workers and feel that such activities have enhanced their lives.

No one has ever taken advantage and I want to ensure it never does happen. ”20 Well-Being Many indoor sex workers in developed countries are similar to nonprostitutes in measures of mental health and self-esteem. 22 This contrasts with street workers, who face ongoing danger and stress at work, contributing to psychological problems that are only exacerbated by drug addiction, health problems, and social isolation. ”23 Similarly, research on call girls conducted by Ann Lucas concluded that they tended to have the Indoor Prostitution | 27 “financial, social, and emotional wherewithal to structure their work largely in ways that suited them and provided .

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