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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Prostitution and Sex Work

An Undergraduate Library Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic Prostitution.

Background Information

The Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice defines prostitution as the exchange of sexual contact and /or sexual services for money or other items of value." Prostitution may also be called "sex work" and participants may be seen as belonging to the sex trade. Use the following sources to learn more about prostitution and the medical, political, legal, social, and religious issues surrounding it.