Shifting Sands: A Comparison of Prostitution Regimes across Nine Countries

September 20, 2009


This study was commissioned by the Home Office as part of the Tackling Demand for Prostitution Review, to update a report undertaken in 2003 for Glasgow City Council (Bindel and Kelly, 2004). The original project examined legal and policy responses to prostitution in four countries. Here that is extended to nine with an enhanced methodology.

The study aims were four fold:
– to provide an update on prostitution policy within the original four countries;
– to analyse prostitution policy within five additional countries;
– to offer policymakers information on current international approaches to prostitution including evidence of impacts of implementation;
– to feed into the UK government review of demand for commercial sex.

A pdf copy of the report can be accessed below.