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Stigma and Service Provision for Women Selling Sex. Findings from Community-based Participatory Research

Jobe, Alison; Stockdale, Kelly; O’Neill, Maggie

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Kelly Stockdale

Maggie O’Neill



Abstract

This article presents findings from a community-based participatory research project undertaken with sex workers in North East England. The research included peer-led interviews with 26 women who sell sex in public spaces and/or from private flats or online. Community stakeholders were also interviewed. Focusing on local service provision and interactions with the police and the criminal justice system, this article documents how stigma frames sex worker’s experiences of local service provision and interactions with local criminal justice agencies. Although those selling sex in public and private spaces described different interactions with, and experiences of, local service providers, stigma remained a pervasive and dominant feature of all sex worker’s experiences. In the research, those selling sex ‘on street’ describe the impact of public stigmatisation while those selling sex ‘off street’ describe employing strategies of identity management to avoid the social consequences of sex work stigma. In this article, we explore how service provision is constructed through the current governance of sex work in England and Wales, and how sex work stigma could be challenged through service provision designed by sex workers, for sex workers.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 23, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Feb 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 18, 2022
Journal Ethics and Social Welfare
Print ISSN 1749-6535
Electronic ISSN 1749-6543
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 2
Pages 112-128
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2021.2018476
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1213382

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