Sex outside the city : sex work in rural and regional New South Wales

Scott, John, Hunter, John, Hunter, Vanessa, & Ragusa, Angela (2006) Sex outside the city : sex work in rural and regional New South Wales. Rural Society, 16(2), pp. 151-168.

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During the last decade 'prostitution' has been characterised as a 'social problem' throughout rural and regional New South Wales. As we show here, the urban-centric nature of popular and official discourses of prostitution have inadvertently allowed for the development of regulatory positions which have negatively impacted sex workers in rural and regional communities and lead to conflict among sectors of the rural sex industry and between the sex industry and community activists. In addition to examining the problematisation of sex work in rural New South Wales, this paper sets out to understand why rural sex work has historically lacked visibility in popular and scholarly discourses. We provide an overview of the distinctive organisational aspects of the sex industry in rural contexts. Evidence for our assertions is largely derived from primary interview data collected from sex industry workers based in rural New South Wales. The paper represents the first attempt in the research literature on prostitution to understand sex work as a rural phenomenon.

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ID Code: 79069
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Rural Society is now published by Taylor & Francis Group
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DOI: 10.5172/rsj.351.16.2.151
ISSN: 1037-1656
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 eContent Management Pty Ltd.
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2014 00:18
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 01:16

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