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Social Science Criminology

Getting Past 'the Pimp'

Management in the Sex Industry

by (author) Chris Bruckert & Colette Parent

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2018
Category
Criminology, Marriage & Family, Women's Studies, Social Services & Welfare, General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487503208
    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
    List Price
    $78.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487522490
    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
    List Price
    $30.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487517427
    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
    List Price
    $30.95

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Description

The issue of third parties in the sex industry – individuals who are neither the client nor the service provider – has become especially urgent in our current socio-political context. Surprisingly, in spite of an emergence of critical scholarship on the sex industry, as well as recommendations by key governmental committees, little attention has been extended to examining the role of individuals labelled pimps, procurers, and traffickers.

 

Addressing the function of third parties on the street and indoors, Getting Past 'the Pimp' incorporates solid empirical evidence including documentary analysis, 75 interviews with third parties, and 52 interviews with sex workers to unpack the roles and relationships of third parties in three sectors of the sex industry‒ incall/outcall, stripping, and street-based prostitution. Contrary to prevailing stereotypes that portray third parties as inherently abusive and controlling, these workers fulfill important roles and provide vital services as associates, fee-for-service hires, and agency owners or managers responsible for scheduling and arranging transportation and security. The sex industry, like mainstream businesses, rarely depend exclusively on client and worker to operate efficiently, and safely.

About the authors

Chris Bruckert is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Since receiving her PhD from Carleton University in 2000, she has devoted herself to researching various sectors of the Canadian adult sex industry through the lens of feminist labour theory. Committed to Sex Worker rights, she endeavours to contribute to the movement as an academic activism.

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Colette Parent is a professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa.

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