Violence and Sex Work in Britain

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Social Science - 304 pages
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This book is concerned with violence in the sex industry. It aims to provide an understanding of the nature of violence against sex workers and the relationship between violence, government legislation and policy, and law enforcement practices - an essential task in view particularly of the 2006 Ipswich murders and the public and media response to this which illustrated how poorly the context of violence in the sex industry is understood.

The book describes the incidence of violence against sex workers, culminating in some cases in murder. It shows how the risk of violence is strongly dependent on the physical and legal context in which sex workers operate; how repressive policing tactics exacerbate vulnerability and how discourses of abhorrence towards sex work promote perceptions of sex workers as worthless human beings. It also examines how inadequacies in the criminal justice system lead to failures in investigations and prosecutions, and failures to prevent violence from known offenders; and how the stereotyping of sex workers, their clients and perpetrators of violence, in the media and in other spheres of academic debate, distorts reality leading to inappropriate or harmful public responses.

 

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Contents

a long shadow
1
Chapter 2 What is violence against sex workers?
27
Chapter 3 Inclusions and exclusions
33
Chapter 4 Prevention Ugly Mugs and the role of outreach projects
38
Chapter 5 Who attacks sex workers?
49
the context of violence
66
individual and community aggression
81
Chapter 8 The cleansing of Balsall Heath
93
Chapter 13 Murder of sex workers
159
Chapter 14 Killers and suspects
180
Chapter 15 Multiple killers
209
a passing nightmare?
228
Chapter 17 Explanations and excuses
244
Chapter 18 Shutting the stable door
251
Chapter 19 Promoting violence
261
Last word
264

policy and policing
110
Chapter 10 Violence and indoor sex work
116
court cases
137
Chapter 12 Motives for violence
150

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About the author (2013)

Hilary Kinnell worked with sex workers for 20 years, running an outreach project in Birmingham from 1987 to 1996, and from 1998 to 2004. She was also the co-ordinator of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects.

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