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The myths and stereotypes that surround sex work

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  • UserBelinda Brooks-Gordon (University of London)
  • ClockTuesday 29 March 2011, 19:00-22:00
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What is the make up of the sex industry in Britain today? How prevalent is trafficking? What is the point of the law on sex work? What does it aim to do, and does it work? Belinda Brooks-Gordon will be talking about the myths and stereotypes that surround sex work by examining the evidence base, case studies, and policy to show how the law is working, and where it isn’t.

Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon C.Psychol, is a Reader in Psychology and Social Policy at Birkbeck, University of London. A chartered psychologist with a PhD from the University Law Faculty, Belinda’s research focuses on the safety, health, welfare and human rights of vulnerable workers. Belinda’s book The Price of Sex: Prostitution, Policy and Society was short-listed for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2007. Other books include: Death Rites and Rights; Law and Psychology: Current Legal Issues; and Sexuality Repositioned: Diversity and the Law. She also writes in the mainstream broadsheet press and sometimes on legal blogs.

This talk is part of the Skeptics in the Pub series.

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