Regulating sex work in the EU: prostitute women and the new spaces of exclusion

Hubbard, Philip, Matthews, Roger A., Scoular, Jane (2008) Regulating sex work in the EU: prostitute women and the new spaces of exclusion. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 15 (2). pp. 137-152. ISSN 0966-369X. (doi:10.1080/09663690701863232) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Contemporary prostitution policy within the European Union has coalesced around the view that female prostitution is rarely voluntary, and often a consequence of sex trafficking. Responding, different nation-states have, however, adopted antithetical legal positions based on prohibition (Sweden), abolition (UK) or legalisation (Netherlands). Despite the apparently sharp differences between these positions, in this article we argue that there is now a shared preoccupation with repressing spaces of street prostitution. Noting the forms of exploitation that nonetheless adhere to many spaces of off-street work, we conclude that the state and law may intervene in sex work markets with the intention of tackling gendered injustice, but are perpetuating geographies of exception and abandonment. La política contemporánea de la prostitución en la Unión Europea se han centrado en la opinión de que la prostitución femenina es casi nunca voluntaria, y muchas veces es la consecuencia del tráfico sexual. En respuesta, las diferentes naciones han, sin embargo, adoptado posiciones legales antitéticas basado en la prohibición (Sueca), la abolición (el Reino Unido), o la legalización (los Países Bajos). A pesar de las aparentes diferencias entres estas posiciones, en este artículo sostenemos que actualmente hay una preocupación común con los espacios represivos de la prostitución callejera. Reconociendo las formas de explotación que, no obstante, conforman a muchos espacios del trabajo fuera de la calle, concluimos que el estado y la ley pueden intervenir en el trabajo sexual con el propósito de enfrentar la injusticia sexual, pero que se perpetúan las geografías de la excepción y el abandono.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09663690701863232
Uncontrolled keywords: sex work, prostitution policy, EU, exclusion, trafficking
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2013 09:43 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:20 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34441 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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