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

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JournalJournal of Law and Society
DateAccepted/In press - 19 Feb 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 20 May 2019
Issue number2
Volume47
Number of pages29
Pages (from-to)211-239
Early online date20/05/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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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©2019TheAuthors.JournalofLawandSocietypublishedbyJohnWiley&SonsLtdonbehalfofCardiffUniversity(CU)

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  • Sex work, Prostitution, Policing

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