Sex work as precarious labour

New paper on labour conditions in lap dance industry:

Dr Teela Sanders and Dr Kate Hardy (2013) Sex work: the ultimate precarious labour?, Criminal Justice Matters, 93:1, 16-17, DOI: 10.1080/09627251.2013.833760
Link to paper


Nottingham Sex Establishment Consultation results

Nottingham City Council has introduced SEV powers and consulted over policy, suggesting that it might wish to introduce a nil limit for SEVs and sex shops in the city (where there is currently one club and one sex shop).

The results have been published:

It’s worth noting the following: ‘Shortly before the closing of the survey, the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner spoke to the Evening Post about her views on this consultation. This resulted in a front page article: “No Sex in the City” appearing on February 14th, which generated a number of comments on the article itself. It also encouraged a large number of people to respond to the survey. There were a total of 1,395 responses to the survey: over 1,000 replies were received after this article appeared in the press’.

A couple of results are of interest, firstly one showing a split among respondents about whether there are too many, too few clubs or the right number of clubs at present:
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Another shows there is some concern about imposing a nil limit, with a minority supporting the City’s proposal:

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Finally, we see the familiar concern that clubs ought not to be located near schools or sites where children might be present:
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How the City responds remains to be seen.

Opposing striptopia: The embattled spaces of adult entertainment

by Phil Hubbard, Sexualities journal (2009) 12 (6) 721-745.

While adult entertainment venues offering striptease have proliferated in the UK, recent reforms have subjected them to more onerous and restrictive forms of licensing control. This article examines the justification for this re-regulation, noting that debates around the desirability of such venues have become increasingly framed in terms of gendered exploitation rather than sexual liberation and ‘play’. Noting that such debates often conflate questions of public morality, criminality, nuisance and exploitation in unhelpful ways, this article argues that the reform of the licensing law was underpinned by possibly flawed assumptions about the gendered and sexed nature of adult entertainment. The article accordingly emphasizes the ability of the naked body to excite both desire and disgust, and challenges the assumption that commercial sex is always exploitative.

Over ‘Sexed’ Regulation and the Disregarded Worker: An Overview of the Impact of Sexual Entertainment Policy on Lap-Dancing Club Workers

ABSTRACT: In England and Wales, with the introduction of Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, lap-dancing clubs can now be licensed as Sexual Entertainment Venues. This article considers such, offering a critique of Section 27, arguing that this legislation is not evidence-based, with lap-dancing policy, like other sex-work policies, often associated with crime, deviance and immorality. Furthermore, it is argued that sex-work policies are gradually being homogenised as well as increasingly criminalised. Other criticisms relate to various licensing loopholes which lead to some striptease venues remaining unlicensed and unregulated, potentially impacting on the welfare of erotic dancers. In addition, restrictions on the numbers of lap-dancing venues may exacerbate dancer unemployment, drawing these women into poverty. Finally, The Policing and Crime Act reflects how the political focus is being directed away from the exploitation of workers, on to issues relating to crime and deviance, despite limited evidence to support this focus.