Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Saving fallen women now? Critical perspectives on engagement and support orders and their policy of forced welfarism
Authors: Carline, Anna
Scoular, J.
First Published: 18-Oct-2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP) for Social Policy Association
Citation: Social Policy and Society, 2013, 14 (1), pp. 103-112
Abstract: The UK seems set to follow the increasingly abolitionist trend that is taking hold in Europe in response to the issue of prostitution. While some argue that an abolitionist approach signals a serious attempt to tackle the injustices and gendered aspects of commercial sex, we are less optimistic. Drawing upon the findings of the first study to evaluate Engagement and Support Orders, we argue that any focus on women's needs is distorted by the continued zero tolerance approach to street sex work and the criminal justice setting it takes place in. New revolving doors have been created for those involved in the most visible sectors of the industry and support agencies have been made to take on an increased policing role. This narrow focus individualises the causes of poverty and prostitution, elides the wider structural factors that shape sex work and does little to address the real needs of this vulnerable group. In conclusion, we argue that future policy should engage more productively with the rich cultural study of sex work. This will enable the development of ground-up responses and allow for a more effective role for the criminal law.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S1474746414000347
ISSN: 1474-7464
eISSN: 1475-3073
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Law

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Saving Fallen Women Now SSP Carline Scoular.pdfPost-review (final submitted)256.11 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in LRA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.