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Beyond the Gaze and Well Beyond Wolfenden: The Practices and Rationalities of Regulating and Policing Sex Work in the Digital Age

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posted on 14.11.2019, 09:04 by J Scoular, J Pitcher, T Sanders, R Campbell, S Cunningham
Drawing on the largest study of the United Kingdom online market in sexual labour to date, this article examines the legal and regulatory consequences as aspects of sex work increasingly take place within an online environment. Our research shows that while governmental policy has not kept abreast of these changes, the application of current laws (which have, since the 1950s, focused on public nuisance and, more recently, trafficking and modern slavery) are pernicious to sex workers and unsuited to recognizing and responding to the abuses and exploitation in online markets in sexual labour. These injustices are likely to be exacerbated if policies and policing do not better align with the realities of these markets in the twenty‐first century. This demands a more nuanced regulatory approach which recognizes that people may engage in sex work of their own volition, but which also addresses conditions of labour and criminal exploitation.

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This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council funded study (ES/M007324/2).

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Journal of Law and Society, 46 (2), 2019, pp. 211-239

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Criminology

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Journal of Law and Society

Volume

46

Issue

2

Pagination

211-239

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Cardiff University (CU)

issn

0263-323X

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1467-6478

Acceptance date

26/02/2019

Copyright date

2019

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https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jols.12155

Language

en

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