International approaches to prostitution: Law and policy in Europe and Asia

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Gangoli, Geetanjali, Westmarland, Nicole
Policy Press, 2006 M05 31 - 224 pages
What is to be done about prostitution? Is it work or is it violence? Are women involved in prostitution offenders or victims? Is prostitution a private or a political issue? The answers to these questions vary depending on many factors, including where in the world you live. This book provides a valuable, detailed international comparison of the laws, policies and interventions in eight countries across Europe (England and Wales, France, Sweden and Moldova) and Asia (India, Pakistan, Thailand and Taiwan). The countries were chosen because of their contrasting social policy and legislative frameworks. Specific topics covered include national social and historical contexts in relation to prostitution; legal frameworks - with discussion of existing laws and policies and debates around legislation and decriminalisation; key issues faced - particularly relating to reasons for entering prostitution and analysis of policies and interventions. The case studies are brought to life by giving voice to the experiences of women involved in prostitution themselves together with the personal reflections of the authors. Aimed at a wide audience of students, academics, policy makers and practitioners, this book makes an important contribution to academic and policy debates in the fields of criminology, law, social policy, women's studies, sociology, politics and international relations.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part One Europe
19
Part Two Asia
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Geetanjali Gangoli and Nicole Westmarland are Research Fellows at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK.

Geetanjali Gangoli and Nicole Westmarland are Research Fellows at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK.

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