Throughout history prostitution has always been a source of fierce debate; societies have either grudgingly tolerated it or tried (always unsuccessfully) to ban it. With the emergence of much more overt acceptance of all forms of sexual activity it has become more apparent that sex workers who ply their trade on the streets of our cities are a particularly vulnerable group at risk of violent attacks and assaults. The realization on the implications for such violence on society overall, led to the emergence of this volume. With research gathered from academics and practitioners hailing from various countries and fields, this edited collection will be invaluable for those who want to better understand the experience of street sex workers, the strategies available for managing this trade and how to help reduce the violence against the men and women who conduct it.
David Canter is Professor of Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Dr Maria Ioannou (BA, MSc, PhD, CPsychol) is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer at the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology, University of Huddersfield. She has been involved in the assessment of intervention programmes for reducing/preventing crime for a range of different forms of criminality and groups of offenders and in consultancy work with a range of police forces and other agencies. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally. Dr Donna Youngs is a Reader and the Associate Director of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology at the University of Huddersfield. She has fourteen years research experience in the field of Investigative Psychology and directed a series of research projects looking at a variety of crimes and criminals. These studies explore a range of Investigative topics from the Geographical Profiling of Burglary, to Street Robbery, Youth Crime and Antisocial behaviour, Fraudulent Crime Reporting, Insurance Fraud and the Social Networks of Prolific Offenders and Prostitution.