A Comparative Analysis of Commercial Sex: Implications for Theory and Policy

Alan Dudley Brown III, University of Oklahoma

The goal of this paper is to provide a background to the various theories concerning commercial sex. Using a comparative perspective that examines differences in the Netherlands, United States and canada, I will examine policy and socio-cultural differences between the three. Of particular interest are issues of gender (young male hustlers), sexuality (transgender and queer individuals) and national origin and migration (both voluntary and forced). It is argued that a more dense theoretical perspective is needed to develop appropriate criminal justice responses.

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