Wild guesses and conflated meanings: estimating the size of the sex worker population in Britain
Cusick, L. and Kinnell, H. and Brooks-Gordon, Belinda and Campbell, Rosie (2009) Wild guesses and conflated meanings: estimating the size of the sex worker population in Britain. Critical Social Policy 29 (4), pp. 703-719. ISSN 0261-0183.
This paper reports the number of sex workers in Scotland and England who are in contact with specialist services for sex workers. Then, using methods and multipliers derived from the frequently quoted Kinnell study (1999) the paper provides various updated estimates of the wider population of sex workers. We point out the limits of our estimates and the methodological difficulties of estimating the size of this hidden population. The paper argues that many claims about sex work made by politicians and the media are misleading especially where they conflate sex work with trafficking and abuse.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||hidden population, policy, prevalence, prostitution|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences|
|Research Centre:||Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), British Politics and Public Life, Centre for the Study of|
|Date Deposited:||25 Jan 2011 11:14|
|Last Modified:||12 Dec 2016 09:22|
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