Scholarly examination of public policies regarding prostitution in the United States has been quite limited over the past three decades. This chapter examines a set of problems in the predominant American approach to prostitution control and then evaluates three policy alternatives. Prostitution control in America involves the commitment of substantial criminal justice resources with little impact on the sex trade or on collateral problems such as victimization of prostitutes and effects on host communities. Street prostitutes are at considerable risk of violence, exploitation, and other types of victimization. However, all victimization studies rely on convenience samples, not random samples, which skew the results toward that part of the population experiencing the most victimization. One study of sixteen cities found that indoor prostitution accounted for between a quarter and a third of all prostitution arrests in Baltimore, Memphis, and Milwaukee, and half the arrests in Cleveland.
|Title of host publication||Safer Sex in the City|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Experience and Management of Street Prostitution|
|Editors||Maria Ioannou, David Canter|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|