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Contrary to popular belief, sex workers were more likely than not to report that their work enhanced their wellbeing. Author supplied

New report shows compelling reasons to decriminalise sex work

The study shows the negative effects of sex work's criminalisation, including a reluctance of workers to go to police and clients using it as an excuse to abuse workers.
Technology has provided both sex workers and their clients greater mobility and anonymity, opening sex work up to new markets. Shutterstock

Technology drives the need to rethink sex work industry regulations

The car, the phone and the internet have changed the way the sex work industry operates, but debates about regulation have not advanced with new technologies.
In 2016, a UK Home Affairs Committee report highlighted that street-based sex work has diminished significantly over the last two to three decades. shutterstock

Stigma and stereotypes about sex work hinder regulatory reform

Consensual sex work, like non-commercial sex, mostly happens behind closed doors. Yet stigma toward and ignorance about sex workers makes people panic when we try to talk about reform.
Different local or state government laws apply in different parts of the country in Australia, Germany, the US and Mexico. Reuters/Kimberly White

Sex work and the law – it’s complicated

Understanding laws that govern sex work can be complicated and confusing, especially because laws are not uniform globally, or even within each country.
Cyntoia after guilty verdict. Birman Productions

Should we put juveniles away for life? Meet the teen who sparked a debate

Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old when she shot and killed a man in 2004. Under Tennessee law, she won't be eligible for parole until she is 67 years old. Is such a harsh sentence constitutional?
Our views of who’s at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder might cloud who we think deserves to be treated. from www.shutterstock.com

A soldier and a sex worker walk into a therapist’s office. Who’s more likely to have PTSD?

When we think of post-traumatic stress disorder, we tend to think of soldiers returning from war. But other sections of society are far more likely to suffer from repeated bouts of trauma.
Nigerian former sex worker “Beauty” at a social support centre for trafficked girls near Catania in Italy. Reuters/Tom Esslemont

How strong family ties play a role in sex trafficking in Nigeria

Nigerian women migrating to Europe are increasingly aware that work hidden in the form of menial jobs is actually sex work, even though they cannot imagine the brutality that comes with it.
From the depths of the dark web, the identities and location of pimps can be scrubbed. 'Laptop' via www.shutterstock.com

How the American online sex trade continues to thrive

Two criminologists wanted to learn the tricks of the trade so they went to the source, interviewing over 70 pimps.
Gold miners appear after being trapped underground at a mine in Carltonville, west of Johannesburg. Managing their safety has been a major issue as South Africa has among the deepest and most dangerous mines. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Lessons learnt from taking sides as a sociologist in unjust times

When sociologists, driven by their value commitments, go beyond the relative comfort of the classroom and engage with organisations outside the university, they dirty their hands.
International Sex Workers’ Rights Day in San Francisco, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White

Should prostitution be decriminalized?

Empirical evidence and a recommendation from Amnesty International are making it increasingly difficult for naysayers to ignore the ways that sex workers are harmed by criminalization.

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