UK sex work policy: eyes wide shut to voluntary and indoor sex work

Teela Sanders

in Regulating sex for sale

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421067
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303169 | DOI:
UK sex work policy: eyes wide shut to voluntary and indoor sex work

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This chapter examines the impact of government policy from 2004 on the female indoor sex markets and men who buy sex from women. It focuses on the sale of direct sexual services rather than indirect sexual services such as lap dancing, telephone sex work, and stripping. The chapter aims to examine the government's position on indoor sex work in contrast to street prostitution. It questions why the government refuses to acknowledge, debate, or make provisions for voluntary sex work beyond the criminalisation agenda. The chapter explores the reasons for ‘tackling demand’, the mechanisms for doing so, and discusses critically the impact and realities of making it illegal to buy sex. It reviews the two main government documents: the consultation Paying the Price (Home Office, 2004) and the resultant A Coordinated Prostitution Strategy (Home Office, 2006).

Keywords: indoor sex markets; direct sexual services; street prostitution; criminalisation agenda; tackling demand; Paying the Price; Coordinated Prostitution Strategy

Chapter.  6464 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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