Prostitution and Sex Work

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ABC-CLIO, Dec 16, 2010 - Social Science - 201 pages
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Prostitution and Sex Work is the first book since 1921 to offer a historic overview of this controversial topic—and what our views on it say about American society. Exploring key people, places, and events, the guide includes descriptions of the myriad variations of the sale of sex and of the venues where prostitution occurs, as well as recurring themes such as panics about sexually transmitted diseases and the ever-present issue of violence in the sex trade.

After reviewing the history of prostitution and sex work over the past 400 years, the book offers detailed information about the legal context of prostitution in America during the last century. It focuses particularly on the period since prostitution was criminalized during a panic over "white slavery" in the early 20th century, drawing parallels with current "sex trafficking" topics. An appendix of materials produced by sex workers is especially informative for those wishing to truly understand both sides of the issue.

 

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Contents

1 Venues
1
2 Personnel
15
3 Legal Frameworks
31
4 Morality Money and Prostitution Prior to the Criminalization of Prostitution
37
5 Red Light Green Light
47
6 The Wild West
59
7 Immigration Law and State Legislation of Morality to Protect Women
69
8 21stCentury Campaigns and Laws against Trafficking in Persons
87
Timeline
119
Appendix 1 Historical Accounts
123
Appendix 2 Documents by Sex Workers
139
Appendix 3 Legal Documents and Commentary
163
Online Resources about Prostitution in the United States
177
Selected Bibliography
185
Index
195
Copyright

A Movement for Rights
105

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About the author (2010)

Melissa Hope Ditmore is a postdoctoral research fellow at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. and Public Health Solutions in New York City, NY.

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