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Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work - Book Discussion

  • St. Francis College, Room 3213 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)

The Center for Crime & Popular Culture @ St. Francis College presents a panel discussion about an important new book: Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work (Temple University Press, 2017).

All are invited to attend this panel discussion about sex work, a realm where sexual civil liberties are embattled.  Corey Shdaimah and Chrysanthi Leon will be our in-person guests; Katie Hail-Jares will join us by Skype from Australia.  Co-editors of, Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work, the trio will enlighten us about sex work in the 21st century as well as the larger war on sex. Copies will be available for purchase; refreshments to follow!

Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work brings the voices of lower-echelon sex workers and individuals charged with policy development and enforcement into conversation with one another. Chapters highlight some of the current approaches to sex work, such as diversion courts, trafficking task forces, law enforcement assisted diversion and decriminalization. It also examines how sex workers navigate seldom-discussed social phenomena like gentrification, pregnancy, imperialism, and being subjects of research. Through dialogue, our authors reveal the complex reality of engaging in and regulating sex work in the United States and through American aid abroad.

Katie Hail-Jares is a post-doctoral researcher at Griffith Criminology Institute in South East Queensland, and national board member of the Sex Workers' Outreach Project. Her research has appeared in PLOS-ONEJournal of Drug and Alcohol Dependency, Iowa Law Review, and other journals.

Corey S. Shdaimah is Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator of the dual degree MSW/JD program at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Change Research: A Case Study of Collaborative Methods for Social Workers and Advocates.

Chrysanthi S. Leon is Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice, Women & Gender Studies, and Legal Studies at the University of Delaware. She is the author of Sex Fiends, Perverts, and Pedophiles: Understanding Sex Crime Policy in America.