Special Issue "Sex Work, Gender Justice, and the Law"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Gender Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Crystal Jackson

Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY
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Interests: gender and sexuality; sex work; social justice; inequalities; feminism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

End-demand and mainstream anti-sex trafficking policies and advocacy are persistently popular, in tandem with a rooted liberal feminism at high political levels. Building off the 2016 Special Issue on sex worker rights, we seek innovative and intersectional analyses of sex work and justice in the U.S. and internationally. Manuscripts should address the socio-politics around the sale of sex. How do regulations and institutions sustain systemic violence against sex workers (e.g., in medical care, federal housing assistance, etc.)? How do non-profits and NGOs act as a branch of nation-state social control and/or neo-colonialist social control? How might transnational comparisons, or analyses of the impacts of international policy and advocacy on South World countries, illuminate cracks in the anti-sex worker façade, cracks that may guide new activist approaches to human rights demands and advocacy efforts? What buoys North World nation-states’ resistance to calls to decriminalize the sale of sex—calls from established organizations like the World Health Organization, Human Rights Watch, and UNAIDS?

Manuscripts are invited on topics that include, but are not limited to:

-How white supremacy undergirds prostitution and mainstream anti-sex trafficking policies, public educational outreach, and/or advocacy efforts across different institutions

-Examining U.S. federal programs to train staff in a range of industries to identify sex trafficking victims (e.g., trainings through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign), or the role of “human trafficking” intervention courts

-The consequences of end-demand and anti-sex trafficking efforts and policies on sex worker rights efforts and resilience, locally, nationally, or internationally

-Theorizing how and why transgender sex workers, gender non-conforming sex workers, and cisgender male sex workers are rarely, if at all, addressed in anti-sex trafficking efforts and policies, and/or prostitution policies

-Empirical evidence of the influence of end-demand and/or anti-sex trafficking policies on law enforcement approaches to policing prostitution

-Comparative analyses of regulatory models around sexual labor

Dr. Crystal Jackson
Guest Editor

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  • sex worker rights
  • prostitution policy
  • anti-sex trafficking
  • decriminalization
  • gender
  • social control

Published Papers

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