Poster Title

Promoting Recovery: The Benefits of Decriminalizing Sex Work

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Social Work

Minor

N/A

2nd Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

2nd Student Major

Social Work

2nd Student Minor

N/A

3rd Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

3rd Student Major

Social Work

3rd Student Minor

Child and Family Studies

Institution

Eastern Kentucky University

KY House District #

80

KY Senate District #

15

Department

Social Work

Abstract

Research shows that there has been an increase in sex work that is in direct correlation with the heightened legislation criminalizing this area of work. Common areas of sex work are prostitution, adult filmography, and exotic dancing. Situations of trafficking, inability to leave occupation, or consented work may all apply to this study. Current laws and regulations encourage negative mentalities and oppressive attitudes that lead to stigmatization of this population in society. The goal is to ensure an environment that is healthy and secure for these adult entertainers, while decreasing stigma. Our efforts are not to legalize, but decriminalize sex work in methods that can allow the shift from punitive consequences to recovery and rehabilitation in regards to the appropriate case-by-case basis. Our poster is intended to provide information that will lead to legislative actions that are sensitive to the specific needs of the population of the adult entertainment industry.

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Promoting Recovery: The Benefits of Decriminalizing Sex Work

Research shows that there has been an increase in sex work that is in direct correlation with the heightened legislation criminalizing this area of work. Common areas of sex work are prostitution, adult filmography, and exotic dancing. Situations of trafficking, inability to leave occupation, or consented work may all apply to this study. Current laws and regulations encourage negative mentalities and oppressive attitudes that lead to stigmatization of this population in society. The goal is to ensure an environment that is healthy and secure for these adult entertainers, while decreasing stigma. Our efforts are not to legalize, but decriminalize sex work in methods that can allow the shift from punitive consequences to recovery and rehabilitation in regards to the appropriate case-by-case basis. Our poster is intended to provide information that will lead to legislative actions that are sensitive to the specific needs of the population of the adult entertainment industry.