The Movement to Criminalize Sex Work in the United States

  title={The Movement to Criminalize Sex Work in the United States},
  author={Ronald Weitzer},
  journal={Labor: Public Policy \& Regulation eJournal},
  • Ronald Weitzer
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Political Science
  • Labor: Public Policy & Regulation eJournal
Until recently, prostitution was not a prominent public issue in the United States. Law and public policy were relatively settled. The past decade, however, has witnessed a growing debate over the sex trade and the growth of an organized campaign committed to expanding criminalization. A powerful moral crusade has been successful in reshaping American government policy toward sex work – enhancing penalties for existing offences and creating new crimes. Crusade organizations have advocated a… 
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