Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Department

School of Social Work

First Advisor

Rebecca Mirick

Abstract

Sex workers have a long history of oppressive legislation and a stigmatized view in the United States. Many of these policies, both federal and state-level, do not include the opinions of sex workers. This research project surveyed current and former sex workers (N=6) on their thoughts about policy surrounding sex work in the United States. All six participants agreed that there needs to be a change in current policies, and the majority of participants agree that sex workers need to be included in the writing of policy for it to truly benefit sex workers. This research suggests that sex workers would like to be included in conversations and politics surrounding their work.

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