What Do Transgender Women’s Experiences Tell Us about Law? Towards an Understanding of Law as Legal Complex

Based on ethnographic study conducted in Istanbul, this thesis investigates the effects of law and legal operations on transgender women’s sex work and daily lives, and seeks to disentangle the multidimensional ways through which they and their conduct are governmentalized by law in Turkey. The first part of the thesis discusses the legal dynamics surrounding transgender sex work and delineates how transgender women are expulsed from regulated sex work by the interaction of the socially produced desire around their bodies and law.

A provisional framework for analyzing laws and policies that affect sex workers

A framework of sex work related laws by The Law & Policy Project at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Few systematic accounts of sex work related laws have ever been published perhaps because language, tools and resources for gathering relevant data have never been in place. This paper is an attempt to systematically list and categorise the laws that affect sex workers in different countries into a framework.

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