Prostitution, politics and policy by Roger Matthews

By Roger Matthews

Prostitution has develop into a really topical factor in recent times and a focus has centred either at the scenario of lady prostitutes and the adequacy of present varieties of law. Prostitution, Politics & Policy brings jointly the most debates and concerns linked to prostitution so that it will learn the variety of coverage suggestions which are on hand. Governments in several elements of the realm were suffering to advance optimistic rules to house prostitution – as, for instance, the British domestic workplace lately instigated a £1.5 million programme to assist tackle the perceived difficulties of prostitution. within the context of this fight, and amidst the booklet of varied coverage records, Prostitution, Politics & Policy develops a clean method of realizing this factor, whereas offering quite a number what are obvious as revolutionary and radical coverage proposals. a lot of the talk round prostitution has been polarized among liberals – who wish prostitution decriminalized, normalized and humanized – and conservatives – who've argued that prostitution can be abolished. yet, drawing on quite a lot of overseas literature, and supplying an summary that is either available to scholars and appropriate to coverage makers and practitioners, Roger Matthews proposes a kind of radical realism that's irreducible to both of those positions.

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Moreover, there seems little point in developing ‘exiting’ programmes and the like since just as these women have exercised ‘free choice’ when entering prostitution so they can be expected to exercise the same ‘free choice’ in making decisions on whether or not to continue in prostitution. The fact that there are now a growing number of support agencies and programmes in the UK designed to help women leave prostitution suggests that there is a recognition that women do not enter prostitution out of ‘free choice’ and that once involved in prostitution their ability to make personally beneficial decisions often decreases.

Second, and relatedly, there has been a general lack of knowledge and interest in this issue, which has promoted a reliance on selective and limited accounts. Third, the mobilisation of myths can be a convenient way of avoiding counterfactual evidence of protecting one’s preferred position. The reliance on the various myths outlined below is not limited to those who are new to this subject or to inexperienced researchers or writers. Rather, they are endemic in the literature and the road to policy formation is cluttered by the conceptual obstacles that they generate.

This process becomes more acute as women get older and their looks fade and their marketability declines. As Nanette Davis explains: The ‘happy hooker’ myth is a compilation of beliefs and usually erroneous assumptions that portray a streetwise, sexy ‘pretty woman’ who freely chooses to enter prostitution. She enjoys her job, until ‘the right man comes along’, and in the meantime, finds sexual gratification from prostitution. A subtext suggests that a few fortunate, and extremely beautiful, women become wealthy in prostitution, or acquire riches by seducing a wealthy man.

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