What lies hidden behind online ads for erotic services, streets on the city outskirts, or in the downtown apartments used by escorts? What risks are faced by someone who buys sex? What can be done to prevent human trafficking? What rights do sex workers enjoy? Why is it that Germany considers prostitution to be a service, whereas Sweden punishes it as one of the most disgraceful forms of violence against women? This book addresses these controversial social policy issues, as well as still-taboo topics concerning intimacy, against a backdrop of problems concerning labour, freedom of choice, sexuality, and power. The text, written in a direct and engaging style, is appropriate for a wide readership.
Giulia Garofalo Geymonat is a social science researcher working at the Department for Gender Studies of Lund University in Sweden.