If only we could get the street prostitutes to stop selling sex, their lives would improve. This appears to be the prevailing view among Danes — including those whose work consists of helping prostitutes. However, you gain an entirely different perspective if you take a closer look at the lives that these women live. She has interviewed 40 Danish women who sell sex on the streets, and it turns out that the women do not regard their sex trading as the biggest problem in their lives. To these women, the real problems are a lack of trust from their surroundings, homelessness, poor personal finances, drug abuse, the relationship with their children and the social system.
Selling sex should be decriminalised but buying it should be illegal, say MPs
Selling Sex: Women, Work and Prostitution | SpringerLink
British prostitution laws should be overhauled so that women selling sex are no longer criminalised but buying sex is against the law, a cross-party group of MPs said on Monday. In the first report of its kind for 20 years the all-party parliamentary group on prostitution said current laws around prostitution were complicated, confusing and ineffectual. The report called for Britain to follow in the path of countries such as Norway and Sweden and make it a criminal act to buy sex. The year-long parliamentary enquiry argues that prostitution should be seen as violence against women and an affront to sexual equality, but sex workers have reacted furiously to the proposals arguing that the criminalisation of clients will push sex work underground, further stigmatise women and put lives at risk. It sends no clear signals about what we consider prostitution to be, in effect prioritising the gratification of punters at the expense of often vulnerable women and girls. This serves to normalise the purchase and stigmatise the sale of sexual services — and undermines efforts to minimise entry into and promote exit from prostitution.
Selling sex: female street prostitution and HIV risk behaviour in Glasgow.
Women are being driven to carry out "survival sex" work because of the five-week wait for Universal Credit payments, MPs have warned. An inquiry by the Commons' work and pensions committee has found the wait for payments is why some claimants said they had turned to prostitution. The committee has urged the government to remove the five-week wait for the first Universal Credit payment, which it described as a "fundamental design flaw". Within the next week if my situation doesn't change I am going to have to go back on the streets.
Abstract Among Swedish youth with experience of selling sex, the Internet is the most common means of contact between buyer and seller. There are few descriptions of how these contacts are established, but studies have indicated that young people under the age of 18 seldom engage in open prostitution online. This study aimed to examine what role the Internet and the use of smartphones play in young women selling sex online, focusing on the method of contact and the characteristics of the communication online between buyer and seller. Thematic analysis was used to identify similarities and differences in the narratives.