A Rapid Evidence Assessment: Tackling Demand in Prostitution: A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Published Research Literature

Andrew Wilcox, Kris Christmann, Michelle Rogerson, Philip Birch

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract

This rapid evidence assessment of the published research literature is part of the Tackling Demand for Prostitution Review (Home Office, 2008a), which aimed to assess what further action the Government and other agencies could do to reduce the demand for prostitution. Research studies from selected countries were included in this review (220 studies were reviewed and 181 met the inclusion criteria). The findings presented highlight the characteristics and motivations of those who procure sex, the contexts in which they procure sex, and ‘what works’ in tackling the demand for prostitution. The report found that methodological difficulties plague research into clients of prostitutes. There are many gaps in the research and much of the evidence is weak or inconclusive, particularly with regard to ‘what works’ in reducing demand. It was also noted that prostitution is a policy domain for which the ‘right’ answer may not be determined solely by reference to the evidence. There are moral, political and other influences that need to be considered when tackling the demand for prostitution.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherHome Office
Commissioning bodyCrime Reduction Fund, Home Office
Number of pages56
ISBN (Print)9781849871266
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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