Californian ‘John Schools’ and the Social Construction of Prostitution

  title={Californian ‘John Schools’ and the Social Construction of Prostitution},
  author={Amy M. Gurd and Erin O’Brien},
  journal={Sexuality Research and Social Policy},
Within political and social arenas, prostitution continues to be a highly contested and debated issue. Generally conceptualised as a ‘problem’ in need of eradication, prostitution is strongly linked to immorality and deviance. The methods of addressing this phenomenon have experienced a shift from focusing predominantly on the sex worker, to directly targeting the clients of commercial sex. Such practices have resulted in the creation of policy initiatives such as ‘John Schools’—diversionary… 
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