CfP: Special Issue “Sex Workers’ Rights: Looking toward the Future”

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2017
Special Issue Editor
Guest Editor
Prof. Leslie Jeffrey

Department of History & Politics, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB E2L 4L5, Canada

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Globally, despite New Zealand’s legal change over 10 years ago, the campaign for national level policy change that recognizes and protects the rights of sex-workers has hit some major roadblocks, and even seen progress rolled-back by anti-trafficking policies and Nordic model re-criminalization. As we prepare for more years of campaigning for change, what positive developments can we build on? Where is future progress likely to take place? Are we seeing positive changes at the local level or on smaller scales that might build toward larger-scale change in the future? This Special Issue looks to explore the positive changes that are happening beyond the big policy level. Are we, for example, seeing any positive developments in relations between the sex-workers’ rights and other social justice movements? Are there examples of improved communication or cooperation between sex workers and municipal governments, police forces, the media or local communities? Are there new forms of political or social organizing by sex-workers or signs of strengthening bonds between groups within the sex-work field including migrant and non-migrant workers? What positive developments are we seeing now that might provide a path forward?

Prof. Leslie Jeffrey
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Social Sciences is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

• Sex-workers’ rights
• Sex work policy
• Local politics and sex-work
• Sex-worker activism

  1. Julia said:

    Hi Sonja,
    Can you please specify which journal this call for proposals is for?

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