Diverse Risks, Diverse Perpetrators: Perceptions of Risk and Experiences of Violence amongst Street-Based Sex Workers in New Zealand

Armstrong, Lynzi. “Diverse Risks, Diverse Perpetrators: Perceptions of Risk and Experiences of Violence amongst Street-Based Sex Workers in New Zealand.” International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 3, no. 3 (December 1, 2014): 40–54. doi:10.5204/ijcjsd.v3i3.146.

Abstract

The management of violence-related risks on the street invariably relates to individual perceptions of violence amongst street-based sex workers. This paper explores perceptions and experiences of violence amongst street-based sex workers in Wellington and Christchurch. This paper begins with an overview of how risks of violence have been conceptualised and how the diversity of these risks is reflected in the perceptions and experiences of the women interviewed. Some complexities in how these risks were constructed and managed by the women are then explored, including perceptions of the street as a work environment. To conclude, I discuss the significance of these findings in the context of debates on sex worker safety.

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