Differential enforcement across police jurisdictions and client demand in paid sex markets

Alan Collins, Guy Judge

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Abstract

Police officers on the ground, as well as their senior officers, generally accept the view that arresting prostitutes and their clients is simply not as important as arresting many other types of ‘offenders’. Police officer preferences and priorities will differ such that the discretion applied to the enforcement of paid sex market related offences varies across locations. Motivated by increasing policymaker interest in considering demand-side policies, a simple model is developed to help analyse how clients will be likely to respond to enforcement level differences across jurisdictions. A range of policy implications that arise are also identified and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-55
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Law and Economics
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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