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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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From Toleration to Stings: The Evolution of the American Law Enforcement Response to Prostitution



As police/law enforcement attempt to serve the many roles prescribed to them, how they respond to prostitution (including the prostitute & the customer) may vary depending on which role jurisdictions embrace. In the late 1960s, Wilson noted there were 3 styles of policing in the United States: 1) watchman, 2) legalistic, and 3) service1. With respect to the watchman, Wilson stated this focused more on the role of police officer as agent of social control and order. The legalistic style focused on law enforcement in the role of addressing those actions that were violations of the law. Interestingly, Wilson identified a style or role of policing that sees police as problem-solvers. Here, police are concerned with addressing issues in and for a community or neighborhood. Each of these particular styles or functions contains an element of discretion and it’s this discretion that will be important when examining how police respond to prostitution. This discretion can involve law enforcement taking action, as well as law enforcement failing to take action.

Over the history of considering and addressing prostitution in the United States, law enforcement agencies and their officers have engaged in a wide range of tactics to address prostitution, influenced by a number of different factors. As Leigh noted, “Prostitution laws, policies and enforcement reflect a variety of social values including attitudes towards women and sexuality”2. An expression of these particular social values can be seen the way that law enforcement has responded...

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