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Title: A systematic review of the attitudes of different stakeholders towards prostitution and their implications
Authors: Ma, PHX 
Chan, ZCY 
Loke, AY 
Keywords: Attitudes
Occupational health and safety
Sex workers
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Springer
Source: Sexuality research and social policy, 2017, p. 1-11 How to cite?
Journal: Sexuality research and social policy 
Abstract: The legal status of sex workers is correlated with their occupational health and safety. However, there is little consensus on the ideal legal framework for prostitution. Obtaining a good understanding of the opinions of different stakeholders will provide policymakers, health care professionals, and social workers with the necessary information to make decisions on how to protect the health and safety of sex workers and to propose laws on prostitution. This is a review of the literature on the attitudes of different stakeholders towards sex workers. A search of the literature identified a total of 49 studies that could ultimately be included in this review. The studies explored the attitudes towards prostitution among law enforcement officers, professionals in health and social services, clients of sex workers, the general public, and other multiple stakeholders. There was a lack of consensus among these stakeholders on accepting sex workers, and not everyone supported the decriminalization or legalization of prostitution in their countries. Although the debate over the legal status of prostitution seems unlikely to end in the foreseeable future, the findings of this review provide some indications that interventions among different professional groups are needed to improve the health and safety of sex workers.
ISSN: 1868-9884
DOI: 10.1007/s13178-017-0294-9
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