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Prostitution and sex work, who counts? Mapping local data to inform policy and service provision

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dc.contributor.author Lanau, Alba
dc.contributor.author Matolcsi, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned 2024-05-09T11:23:32Z
dc.date.available 2024-05-09T11:23:32Z
dc.date.issued 2024
dc.identifier.citation Lanau L, Matolcsi A. Prostitution and sex work, who counts? Mapping local data to inform policy and service provision. Soc Policy Soc. 2024 Jan;23(1):71-85. DOI: 10.1017/S1474746422000136
dc.identifier.issn 1474-7464
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/60088
dc.description.abstract Data on the sex industry is notably hard to obtain. Existing evidence points towards an increase in the number of people selling sex, particularly through the online industry. The growing and increasingly diverse population poses challenges to service provision, as new groups are less visible and less likely to be in contact with specialist services. Simultaneously, there are increased calls for policies regulating the sex industry to be grounded in evidence. Relying on systematic literature and data reviews, this article provides a synthesis of the evidence on the prevalence of sex work and prostitution in England and Wales. It shows that no existing source allows producing reliable estimates of the size and characteristics of sex markets. As a result, policy is informed by partial pictures. The article proposes local mapping, an underused approach, to inform both policy development and service provision.
dc.description.sponsorship The research that inspired this article was funded by the UK Home Office and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales. This paper has also received funding from the postdoctoral fellowship programme Beatriu de Pinós, funded by the Secretary of Universities and Research (Government of Catalonia) and by the H2020 programme Marie Sklodovska-Curie grant agreement nº 801370.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press
dc.relation.ispartof Social Policy and Society. 2024 Jan;23(1):71-85
dc.rights © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press. This article has been published in a revised form in Social Policy and Society [http://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746422000136]. This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND licence. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed.
dc.title Prostitution and sex work, who counts? Mapping local data to inform policy and service provision
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746422000136
dc.subject.keyword Sex work
dc.subject.keyword Mapping
dc.subject.keyword Service planning
dc.subject.keyword Prostitution policy
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/801370
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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