Do U.S. anti-prostitution laws encourage exploitation and
violence against women?
Author Alison Bass

Author Alison Bass

Would it surprise you to know that laws criminalizing prostitution are not only largely ineffective in curbing the sex trade, but are creating an atmosphere that encourages the exploitation of sex workers and violence against all women?

In her new book (Oct. 2015), Getting Screwed, Sex Workers and the Law, Professor and Journalist Alison Bass provides a riveting assessment of how U.S. anti-prostitution laws harm the public health and safety of sex workers and other citizens—and affect larger societal attitudes toward women. The book weaves the true stories of sex workers from all walks of life together with extensive research to make a compelling argument for decriminalizing adult prostitution. Bass’ book will interest feminists, sociologists, lawyers, health-care professionals, and policy makers, as well as those with an interest in American history and our society’s evolving attitudes toward sexuality and marriage.

Alison Bass is an award-winning journalist and an Assistant Professor of Journalism at West Virginia University. She is also the author of Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and A Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, the true story of two women who exposed the deception behind the making of a blockbuster drug.  Bass was a long-time medical writer for The Boston Globe, and her articles and essays have also appeared in The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Village Voice, Psychology Today and other newspapers and magazines around the country. Learn more about…

Getting Screwed

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