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Eine Begleiterin der Menschheit / A Companion of Mankind

Edited By Frank Jacob

Prostitution ist scheinbar genauso alt wie die Menschheit selbst und gilt nicht von ungefähr als das «älteste Gewerbe» überhaupt. Dieser Band versteht sich als interdisziplinäre, chronologisch sowie global umfassende Analyse des Phänomens und bietet dem Fachpublikum und dem interessierten Leser gleichermaßen eine breite Darstellung der Prostitution aus historischer, soziologischer, genderorientierter sowie kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Untersucht werden dabei die Rolle von Prostituierten in der Gesellschaft, die Rezeption des Gewerbes per se sowie die Rahmenbedingungen, unter denen sich ein solches etablieren kann.
Prostitution seems to be as old as humanity itself and is consequently not described as the «oldest profession» without cause. This anthology is an interdisciplinary, chronological and regional extensive approach to analyze the phenomenon. It provides a broad historical, sociological, cultural, and gender perspective on prostitution for the academic as well as the interested reader alike. It examines the role of prostitutes in society, the reception of the profession per se and the conditions due to which it is established.
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A History of Prostitution Policy in the UK: Targeting the Problem, from Women to Men


From an examination of the history of how prostitution has been dealt with in the UK, it is apparent that female sex workers have been targeted by state polices and policing for many centuries, as it has been them rather than their male clients who have been considered to be the problem. Yet, shifts from the 1980s took place, which led to increasing concerns about male clients and female sex workers being seen more so as victim Male clients began to be viewed as potentially violent, abusers and their demand seen to be encouraging sex trafficking. As a result legislation was enacted which targeted clients, specifically at first to deal with kerb crawler Following this, further changes took place from 2004 when a review of prostitution law and policy was enacted which then led to further legal changes to criminalize clients and a move towards supporting the exiting of prostitutes and those trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

This chapter will chart some of this history of prostitution policy in the UK, demonstrating the reasons why and how its history has observed a move from targeting female prostitutes, to in more recent times to focus on targeting male client Exploring the history of prostitution is important in order for us to understand how and why it is dealt with and responded to in the manner it is today:

Without a sense of history, and an understanding of the ways we have lived then,...

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