Wild guesses and conflated meanings? Estimating the size of the sex worker population in Britain

Linda Cusick, Hilary Kinnell, Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Rosie Campbell

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Abstract

This paper reports the number of sex workers in Scotland and England who are in contact with specialist services for sex workers. Then, using methods and multipliers derived from the frequently quoted Kinnell study (1999) the paper provides various updated estimates of the wider population of sex workers. We point out the limits of our estimates and the methodological difficulties of estimating the size of this hidden population. The paper argues that many claims about sex work made by politicians and the media are misleading especially where they conflate sex work with trafficking and abuse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-719
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Social Policy
Volume29
Issue number4
Early online date21 Oct 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

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