Challenging The Kerb Crawler Rehabilitation Programme

Rosie Campbell and Merl Storr, “Challenging The Kerb Crawler Rehabilitation Programme”, Feminist Review No. 67, Sex Work Reassessed (Spring, 2001), pp. 94-108.

Abstract: During recent years in North America and Europe many feminists have become increasingly critical of responses to street prostitution that concentrate solely on punishing women who sell sex while ignoring their male clients. In order to address this gender imbalance some feminists have advocated the enforcement and/or strengthening of kerb crawling legislation and other schemes that target men who pay for sex. During 1998–9 one initiative, which aimed to target men who pay for sex in the UK, the Kerb Crawler Rehabilitation Programme (KCRP), was piloted in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Although the KCRP received considerable media coverage there has been relatively little critical debate among feminists about this approach to working with clients of sex workers. This article draws attention to some of the opposition to the Leeds KCRP.

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