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About Katie Cruz

Katie Cruz is a Lecturer in Law at Keele University. Her research engages with sex worker rights activists’ demands for rights, as well as criticisms of the purportedly human rights-based strategy of anti-trafficking. She has published research on the possibilities and limitations of labour and social security rights for sex workers and erotic dancers in the UK.

Articles by Katie Cruz

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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is the mainsite editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Sex work, labour unfreedom, and the law

‘Free’ labour exists when it is guarded by a system of rights and protections. This places the vast majority of migrant and citizen sex workers at the extreme end of unfreedom.

Centring the state in our critiques of trafficking

Prevailing accounts of a division between sex work and ‘trafficking’ obscure the routine fact of economic compulsion and exploitation, and their basis in the law. We must centre immigration law as part of more ambitious political enquiries and actions.

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