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Sexuality Research and Social Policy

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 187–191 | Cite as

Introduction: Prostitution Policies in Europe

  • Isabel CrowhurstEmail author
  • Joyce Outshoorn
  • May-Len Skilbrei
Article

Aims and Context of the Special Issue

Prostitution markets in Europe have undergone major transformations in particular in the last three decades, spurring animated debates about how best to regulate them at the international, European, national, and local levels. Given that European countries approach prostitution and its markets in different ways, the landscape of contemporary prostitution policies in Europe presents great variations. The latter are not only found between European countries and regions, but also within countries at sub-national levels. This special issue emerges from the observation of these changes and variations, and builds upon the discussions held at the European Science Foundation workshop Exploring and Comparing Prostitution Policy Regimes in Europe, which took place at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, in September 2010.1In the course of this event, a number of European experts on prostitution policy came together to discuss and analyze the complex and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel Crowhurst
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joyce Outshoorn
    • 2
  • May-Len Skilbrei
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and CriminologyKingston UniversityKingston upon ThamesUK
  2. 2.Institute of Political ScienceUniversity of LeidenLeidenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Fafo Institute for Applied International StudiesOsloNorway

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