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Legalising sex work: the regulation of ‘risk’ in Australian prostitution law reform


Nagy, V and Powell, A, Legalising sex work: the regulation of risk' in Australian prostitution law reform, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 28, (1) pp. 1-16. ISSN 1034-5329 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10345329.2016.12036053


Debates about the legalisation of sex work in Australia have tended to focus on the ‘risks’ of sex work that need managing and regulating. However, in some states, the framing of these risks has been dominated by socio-cultural and political concerns, such as morality and suburban serenity, rather than the concerns of workers in the industry. In this article we discuss how the risks of sex work have been envisaged and debated in two case study states (South Australia and Western Australia) since 2000, and consider why Bills have been repeatedly unsuccessful in reforming sex work law. In so doing, we apply a conceptual framework to tease apart the socio-cultural and political framings of ‘risk’ in crime policy generally.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sex work, risk, regulation, policy, South Australia, Western Australia
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law in context
Research Field:Law and society and socio-legal research
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law reform
UTAS Author:Nagy, V (Dr Vicky Nagy)
ID Code:136346
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2019-12-16
Last Modified:2020-05-18

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