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The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014: implications for sex workers and their clients

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy
Issue number5
Volume27
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)465-479
<mark>State</mark>Published
Early online date7/08/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced new powers to deal with behaviour deemed to be ‘anti-social’. In this paper we consider how the new law could be used against sex workers and their clients and the impact this may have. Although the new powers were not intentionally designed to respond to prostitution, we suggest that they will be utilised to tackle it. We argue that the law will be used inconsistently in a way which will go directly against policy which seeks to ‘tackle demand’ and take a less punitive approach to dealing with sex workers. Despite a policy shift to see sex workers more as victims and less as offenders, we draw on existing evidence to demonstrate that the new anti-social behaviour order law will be utilised to exclude street sex workers from public spaces. We claim that a degree of ‘policy re-fraction’ will occur when the new laws are implemented by practitioners.

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