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NCJ Number: 135829 Find in a Library
Title: Street Prostitution Control: Some Reflections on the Finsbury Park Experience
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1992)  Pages:1-17
Author(s): J Lowman
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 17
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This analysis of efforts to control street prostitution in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Finsbury Park in London, England concludes that the best solution for Canada would be to specify where prostitutes are permitted to work rather than to continue the current punitive approach that merely displaces crime and produces other problems.
Abstract: The attempts to suppress street prostitution in Vancouver have included the extensive enforcement of a new law making it an offense to "communicate" in a public place for the purpose of buying or selling sexual services. Despite these efforts, street prostitution persists. In contrast, Roger Matthews has claimed that during the early 1980's, a multi-agency approach successfully cleared London's Finsbury Park of prostitution without displacing it to other areas. Matthews uses this finding to conclude that prostitution is much more opportunistic than has often been supposed. However, Matthews's methodology is questionable, because his research lacks information about whether Finsbury Park women moved to off-street locations or to distant locations. Neither Matthews nor Canadian legislators have recommended the criminalization of either the sale or purchase of sexual services, however. Thus, specifying where prostitution can occur is the most appropriate approach for Canada. Figure, maps, footnotes, and 36 references
Main Term(s): Prostitution; Street crimes
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime in foreign countries; Crime specific countermeasures; England; Foreign crime prevention
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