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Tackling Sexual Health Inequalities in Glasgow: Working with Men Involved in Prostitution

Tackling Sexual Health Inequalities in Glasgow: Working with Men Involved in Prostitution

To highlight the opportunities and challenges faced when working with men involved in prostitution.

  • Understand prostitution as a form of commercial sexual exploitation
  • Discuss culture of “sex work” as a perceived form of sexual expression within LGBT communities and contrast with project’s experience.
  • Explore issue of prostitution as a form of questioning sexuality and contrast with project’s experience
    Outline the challenges within the implementation of partnership working in a policy vacuum.

Men involved in on-street prostitution are highly likely to view this experience as a survival behaviour, while the life experience of men involved in off-street prostitution is less well understood. There has been a lack of clear strategic direction up until this point in time which the Open Road Project is working to fulfill. Conversations exploring the utility and scope of dovetailing responses to men and women involved in prostitution are in their early stages.
A significant population of men involved in prostitution exists within the Greater Glasgow & Clyde area. Identification of this hidden population and service provision to offer support is achievable and has an impact when backed with the appropriate strategic drivers. Joint work across agencies/directorates is required to achieve a consistent approach with a shared understanding of the life experiences and complexities therein.

Speakers: Julian Heng
Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2011

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