Joining the dots on sexual exploitation of children and women: a way forward for UK policy responses

Coy, Maddy (2016) Joining the dots on sexual exploitation of children and women: a way forward for UK policy responses. Critical Social Policy. ISSN 0261-0183

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Abstract

A combination of high profile cases, enquiries and a steadily building research evidence base has seen sexual exploitation of children (CSE) gain prominence and urgency as a policy issue in the UK. This has followed a paradigm shift that frames CSE as a form of abuse and distanced it from exploitation through prostitution and the sex industry. In turn this has resulted in a focus on the vulnerability of individual young people rather than structural inequalities that connect CSE with sexual exploitation of adult women, despite the multiple similarities and overlaps. A gendered analysis has disappeared from view, leading to men who pay for sex with young people becoming invisible. The article reviews policy approaches to CSE and explores the links between exploitation of girls and of adult women, concluding that those concerned with stopping sexual exploitation should support calls for policymakers to address those who pay for sex.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender, masculinity, prostitution, young people
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Madeleine Coy
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 11:31
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 11:31
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/1054

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