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Assessing Prostitution Policies in Europe

1st Edition

Edited by Synnøve Økland Jahnsen, Hendrik Wagenaar


406 pages

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Once again, prostitution occupies a prominent position on public and political agendas, both nationally and internationally. A topic of concern and interest within social and academic realms, it is a highly moralised, contested issue that is at the centre of heated and drawn-out debates.

With each chapter dedicated to a separate country and written by a national authority on the subject, Assessing European Prostitution Policies seeks to explore how prostitution is regulated in 21 European countries, thus drawing out important implications for an effective and humane prostitution policy. Indeed, this innovative volume brings together systematic accounts of how national and local forms of governance influence the commercial market for sex as well as the lives of sex workers and third parties. All chapters cover the history of prostitution policy, national laws regulating prostitution, policy formulation and implementation, the national discourse on prostitution, the gap between national and local regulation, the impact of policy on the lives and rights of sex workers, and sex worker advocacy organizations. In addition to this, the authors examine and highlight how immigration, labour, fiscal and welfare law have as much impact on the sex trade as designated prostitution law.

A unique interdisciplinary title that is comprehensive in its coverage, Assessing European Prostitution Policies will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, sex worker advocacy organisations and policy makers interested in fields such as Sexuality and Prostitution, Public Policy, Criminology and Gender Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Prostitution Policy in Europe: an Overview (Hendrik Wagenaar)

Western and Central Europe

2. United Kingdom (Phil Hubbard, Teela Sanders, Jane Scoular and Rosie Campbell)

3. Ireland (Paul Ryan and Eilís Ward)

4. The Netherlands (Sietske Altink, Ilse van Liempt, & Marjan Wijers)

5. Belgium (Marion David, Maarten Loopmans)

6. France (Marion David, Mathilde Darley, Véronique Guienne, Gwenaëlle Mainsant, Lilian Mathieu

7. Germany (Ina Hunecke)

8. Austria (Helga Amesberger, Luzenir Caixeta, Elisabeth Greif, Birgit Sauer)

9. Switzerland (Milena Chimienti, Géraldine Bugnon)


Nordic Countries

10. Denmark (Jeanet Bjønnes, Marlene Spanger)

11. Sweden (Petra Östergren)

12. Norway (Synnøve Jahnsen and May-Len Skilbrei)

13. Finland (Niina Vuolajärvi, Minna Viuhko, Johanna Kantola, Anne-Maria Marttila)

Former Eastern Europe

14. Croatia (Ivana Radacic)

15. Slovenia (Iztok Šori, Mojca Pajnik

16. Albania (Armela Xhaho, Alma Lleshi Tandilli)

17. Rumania (Alina Danet)

18. Czech Republic (Barbara Havelkova)

Southern Europe

19. Spain (Mariola Bernal Solano, Alina Danet, Joan Carles March Cerdà)

20. Portugal (Alexandra Oliveira)

21. Italy (Isabel Crowhurst, Patrizia Testaì, Cesare Di Feliciantonio, Giulia Garofalo-Geymonat)

22. Malta (Trevor Calafato)

23. Greece (Laura Maratou-Alipranti, Eleni Rethimiotaki)


European Policies

24. European Union (Joyce Outshoorn)

25. Sex Worker Organisations: International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (Luca Stevenson, Agata Dziuban)

About the Editors

Synnøve Økland Jahnsen is a postdoc at the Uni Research Rokkan Centre in Bergen, Norway.

Hendrik Wagenaar is Professor at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield, UK

About the Series

Interdisciplinary Studies in Sex for Sale

Interdisciplinary Studies in Sex for Sale is a new and exciting series emphasising innovative work on the complexities of sex for sale, its practices, the policies designed to regulate it and their effects. It covers both recent and historical developments with an aim to explore multidisciplinary and international perspectives, expand theoretical approaches, and analyse matters which are the subject of controversy and debate in this field.

We welcome submissions of single and co-authored books, as well as edited collections that address sex for sale, its practices and regulation, including those with a focus on: comparative analysis; multi-scalar approaches; methodological perspectives; cultural and economic contexts; and the policies concerned with the regulation of sex for sale.

This series emerges from, and intends to expand the work of the European Concerted Research COST Action IS1209 ‘Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance (ProsPol)’, a European network funded under Horizon 2020 (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General