Rape, Prostitution and Consent

  title={Rape, Prostitution and Consent},
  author={Barbara Sullivan},
  journal={Australian \& New Zealand Journal of Criminology},
  pages={127 - 142}
  • B. Sullivan
  • Published 1 August 2007
  • History, Political Science, Law
  • Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Abstract Sex workers are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault. However, until recently, there were significant barriers to the prosecution of those who raped sex workers. Prostitutes were seen as ‘commonly’ available to men, as always consenting to sex and thus as incapable of being raped. This article examines 51 judgments — from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand — where evidence of prostitution was presented between 1829 and 2004. It demonstrates an important change… 

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