Sex work and problem drug use: the links, problems and possible solutions

Channings, Stephanie (2012) Sex work and problem drug use: the links, problems and possible solutions. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation looks at the relationship between problematic drug use and street based prostitution. There is a substantial amount of research that indicates a high level of problematic drug use amongst street based prostitutes. The participation of both these activities can be considerably dangerous and effects not only those involved but the wider public too.
    This dissertation aims to explore the relationship between drug use and prostitution by exploring the five crime models and apply them specifically to drug use and prostitution. By examining these five explanations this dissertation aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the factors associated with drug use and prostitution. The second part of this dissertation will look at other countries responses to problematic drug use and prostitution. By evaluating the methods adopted by various countries, strategies will be proposed that may prove effective and workable in England and Wales. This dissertation met these research aims through an extensive study of relevant literature on drug abuse and prostitution.
    It was found that although the literature points to the personal and social proximity of drug use and prostitution, the causal relationship between the two activities tends to be assumed rather than demonstrated. It was suggested that in order to produce strategies that could positively reduce drug use and prostitution, a clear understanding of the casual relationship must be established first.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 15:11
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:13

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