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NCJ Number: 149804 Find in a Library
Title: Prostitution: An International Handbook on Trends, Problems, and Policies
Editor(s): N J Davis
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 416
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Publication Number: ISBN 0-313-25754-X
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West
P.O. Box 5007
Westport, CT 06881-5007
United States of America
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These 17 papers examine prostitution in 17 countries, with emphasis on its social and legal definitions, history and trends, social organization, theories, politics, law enforcement, intervention, and social policy.
Abstract: The contemporary status and lifestyles of prostitutes are also discussed. The countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England and Wales, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Taiwan, United States, Vietnam, West Germany, and Yugoslavia. An underlying theme of the studies is that prostitution serves as a crucial symbol for every woman's position in society. Each society has a distinctive history of control and regulation of prostitution; public policies regarding the sex trade change as religious or political ideologies shift. In almost all modern societies, police regulation of prostitutes continues to be a defining characteristic of the trade, although enforcement ranges from surveillance and containment to harassment and prison time. An effective social policy remains an open question in many societies. Criminalization, decriminalization, legalization, abolition, tolerance, intolerance, permissiveness, restrictiveness, quotas, and free trade have all been ineffective policies over time. A preface concludes that prostitution is related more to power and control than to traditional renderings of sex. Tables, reference lists, subject index, name index, and 136 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Australia; Brazil; Canada; China; Crime in foreign countries; England; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Portugal; Prostitution; Sex establishments; Singapore; Taiwan; United States of America; Wales
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