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NCJ Number: 166097 Find in a Library
Title: Comfort of Sin: Prostitutes and Prostitution in the 1990s
Author(s): R Goodall
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 315
Sponsoring Agency: Renaissance Books Ltd
Kent, CT20 3LZ, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-898823-05-7
Sale Source: Renaissance Books Ltd
P.O. Box 219, Folkstone
Kent, CT20 3LZ,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: An attorney examines the current status of prostitution in the United Kingdom and argues that brothels should be legalized and supervised by central or local governments.
Abstract: The analysis is based on the author's 40 years of legal practice as well as interviews with prostitutes and a review of media reports. The author argues that prostitution is ineradicable because human sexual urges, frustrations, and deviations demand satisfaction more or less continuously. Therefore, it is preferable that prostitution be recognized by the government as performing a useful social function and be controlled and regulated in the most efficient manner. Accordingly, the activities of prostitutes should be decriminalized, they should be allowed to have their own unions, and brothels should be licensed. Such a change would make streets cleaner and less crime-ridden. Individual chapters discuss the law, case histories, the history and causes of prostitution, clients of prostitutes, arguments against and for decriminalization and legal brothels, prostitution in the United States and other countries, brothels for homosexuals, heterosexual brothels for women, and issues related to child prostitutes. Figures and 76 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Decriminalization; Prostitution; Sex establishments; United Kingdom (UK)
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