1st Edition

Violence and Sex Work in Britain

ISBN 9781843923503
Published October 1, 2008 by Willan
312 Pages

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Book Description

This book is concerned with violence in the sex industry. It aims to provide an understanding of the nature of violence against sex workers and the relationship between violence, government legislation and policy, and law enforcement practices - an essential task in view particularly of the 2006 Ipswich murders and the public and media response to this which illustrated how poorly the context of violence in the sex industry is understood.

The book describes the incidence of violence against sex workers, culminating in some cases in murder. It shows how the risk of violence is strongly dependent on the physical and legal context in which sex workers operate; how repressive policing tactics exacerbate vulnerability and how discourses of abhorrence towards sex work promote perceptions of sex workers as worthless human beings. It also examines how inadequacies in the criminal justice system lead to failures in investigations and prosecutions, and failures to prevent violence from known offenders; and how the stereotyping of sex workers, their clients and perpetrators of violence, in the media and in other spheres of academic debate, distorts reality leading to inappropriate or harmful public responses.

Table of Contents

Sex worker or prostitute? Introduction  1. Peter Sutcliffe: a long shadow  2. What is violence against sex workers?  3. Inclusions and exclusions  4. Prevention, Ugly Mugs and the role of outreach projects  5. Who attacks sex workers?  6. Street sex work: the context of violence  7. Street violence: individual and community aggression   8. The cleansing of Balsall Heath   9. Indoor sex work: policy and policing  10. Violence and indoor sex work 11. Attackers: court cases  12. Motives for violence  13. Murder of sex workers  14. Killers and suspects  15. Multiple killers  16. Steve Wright: a passing nightmare?  17. Explanations and excuses  18. Shutting the stable door  19. Promoting violence

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Hilary Kinnell worked with sex workers for 20 years, running an outreach project in Birmingham from 1987 to 1996, and from 1998 to 2004. She was also the co-ordinator of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects.