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Maintaining family values? Cleansing the streets of sex advertising

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The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 makes it an offence to place an advertisement for sex work in public telephone boxes. In this paper, I discuss the background to this Act, exploring the reasons why the presence of sex advertising in a public space has provoked a classic piece of ‘moral panic’ legislation. Highlighting the role of this new legislation in policing the boundaries between public and private space, the paper thus engages with key debates in social and cultural geography concerning the maintenance of socio–spatial order.

Keywords: legal geographies; sexuality; social control; visual culture

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4762.00092

Affiliations: Loughborough University

Publication date: December 1, 2002

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