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THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG




DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY


Distinguished Scholars Seminar Series

Legal Prostitution Systems:

A Comparative Framework

by



Professor Ron Weitzer

George Washington University


4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Room 1118, K.K. Leung Building, HKU


Summary:

The vast majority of research conducted on prostitution has focused on nations where it is illegal and marginalized. Very few studies examine existing legal prostitution regimes – in terms of their common or distinctive structures, problems, and advantages. The presentation will first outline some general issues regarding vice-legalization, and then offer a more in-depth presentation of findings based on field research in three European nations where prostitution is legal and regulated by the authorities (Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands). Part of the focus will be on distinct “red-light districts” in each nation, but we will also identify criteria for evaluating such systems more generally, throughout the world. Each nation has a different kind of legal regime and it will be argued that some are superior to others.


About the speaker:

Ron Weitzer is Professor of Sociology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His recent research focuses on nations where prostitution is legal and regulated by the government. A recent book is Legalizing Prostitution: From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business (NYU Press, 2012), which examines legal prostitution at both the macro-policy level and at the micro level in red-light districts in Europe – focusing on Antwerp, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam. He has also written on the politics of sex trafficking, examining how the issue emerged as a concern of governments since the 1990s. He is also the editor of a collection of original studies, Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry (2nd edition, Routledge Press, 2010). He is frequently contacted by the media in the United States for information and comments on various aspects of prostitution. In his future research, he plans to do some fieldwork in other nations where prostitution is either formally legal or informally tolerated.


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