A Model of Client-Related Violence Against Female Street Sex Workers

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Although a plethora of studies provide evidence of the extent and severity of violence that street sex workers experience from clients, there is little consensus across the explanations that have been advanced to account for this. To explore this, the present study examines in detail the nature of the attacks suffered by 65 female street sex workers. A Multidimensional Scaling analysis (Smallest Space Analysis [SSA-I]) of 17 violent behaviors derived from a content analysis of interviews with street sex workers drew attention to 3 distinct forms of attack. These could be interpreted in terms of Canter's (1994 Canter , D. ( 1994 ). Criminal shadows . London , UK : Harper Collins .
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-260
JournalJournal of Forensic Social Work
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2013

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A Model of Client-Related Violence Against Female Street Sex Workers. / Youngs, Donna; Ioannou, Maria.

In: Journal of Forensic Social Work, Vol. 3, No. 3, 07.12.2013, p. 244-260.

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