In category Crime and reducing re-offending, Hidden populations, Women's services

Mapping sex markets

Since 2003, we have been mapping sex markets in the North East and Cumbria. This has resulted in a number of policy changes and project development activities. We have produced a number of publications that serve a number of purposes:  assisting local authorities, partnerships and voluntary sector agencies develop policy and projects; helping others interested in carrying out similar studies; contributing to a public debate about sex work and child sexual exploitations; and contributing to academic knowledge. It was always our intention to bring this hidden population to the fore, make them seen and help those wishing to exit sex work. Our publications attempt to contribute to this.

Sex market series

Discussion paper

Markets in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear

Markets in Darlington

Markets in County Durham

Methodology paper


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