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Comparing prostitution policies with new typology

Social anthropologist Petra Ostergren has developed a new typology for assessing, evaluating and comparing prostitution policies. This new typology is presented and discussed in 'From Zero-Tolerance to Full Integration: Rethinking Prostitution Policies', a working paper published within the frames of the interdisciplinary research project Demand-side Measures Against Trafficking (DemandAT).

DemandAT looked into the role of demand in trafficking in human beings and the impact and potential of demand-side measures in reducing trafficking, drawing on insights from regulating demand in related areas. Lund University was engaged in the project through Petra Östergren (project leader) and Isabelle Johansson, both PhD candidates in social anthropology at the Department of Sociology.


Abstract for the Working Paper:

This tenth DemandAT working paper by Petra Östergren from Lund University develops a typology for prostitution policy regimes.

Based on an inductive methodological approach, it presents a typology of three general prostitution policy models (or regimes), as repressive, restrictive or integrative.

The intention of such a tripartite typology is that it can serve as a tool for assessing, evaluating and comparing prostitution policies, even in cases where they seem to contain contradictory or incoherent elements. Besides using the prostitution policy typology for analytical purposes, it can also serve as a tool for developing context-sensitive measures against violence, exploitation and trafficking in human beings in the sex work sector.