law enforcement

Can a Prostitute be Raped? Sex Workers, Women and the Politics of Rape Law Reform

This paper examines the position of prostitutes (and of ex-prostitutes and women seen to behave ‘like prostitutes’) in reported rape trials in Britain, Australia and Canada over the last 150 years. It suggests sex workers suffer a high incidence of sexual assault and asserts that until recently, it was almost impossible for sex workers to seek justice for these crimes. Charges of rape made by sex workers were often not taken seriously by the police and courts.

Can sex workers regulate police? Learning from an HIV prevention project for sex workers in southern India

An article by Biradavolu, M. Burris, S. and George, A. in Social Science and Medicine, Apr;68(8):1541-7. Interventions that mobilize sex workers to seek changes in laws and law enforcement practices have been prominent in India and have received considerable scholarly attention. Although it is acknowledged that policing practices can exacerbate HIV risk, there are few studies on the strategies sex worker advocates use to modify police behaviour or the struggles they face in challenging state institutions.

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