'Getting Screwed: Sex Workers And The Law' By Alison Bass
Project MUSE - Getting Screwed
Listen Listening In Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law , Alison Bass weaves the true stories of sex workers with the latest research on prostitution into a gripping journalistic account of how women and some men navigate a culture that routinely accepts the implicit exchange of sex for money, status, or even a good meal, but imposes heavy penalties on those who make such bargains explicit. Along the way, Bass examines why an increasing number of middle-class white women choose to become sex workers and explores how prostitution has become a thriving industry in the twenty-first-century global economy. Over the Columbus Day holiday some local schoolgirls opted not to take a day off. They came away from a workshop having learned the most important lesson of their lives. Three members of the New York State Police are suspended as officials look into allegations of a prostitution ring.
Prostitution is in the news these days: Texas netted 60 arrests from a sting operation in service of an anti-trafficking law; a famous comedian casually revealed that she was once a sex worker; a former NBA star was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel; and the only law in the United Kingdom against paying for sex is being challenged in Northern Ireland. Even The Economist is publishing op-eds about why decriminalizing sex work is a good idea. Bass combines interviews with current and former sex workers with a comprehensive history of prostitution and the sexual revolution in America, along with the latest research on a thriving 21st-century trade. Read this excerpt on how the kinds of anti-trafficking laws being pushed in Texas actually harm the victims they are intended to protect.
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