Prostitution & the Sex Trade

What are the consequences – financially, emotionally, and socially – of prostitution? Should prostitution be legal or illegal?

Selling sex is legal in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, but each country has vastly different approaches and policies regarding sex work. Delve into how national cultures construct their own narratives about sex, gender, and rights, and how they grapple with conflicting views on sex for sale.

Is This Program For You?

It’s a good fit if you study:

  • Anthropology
  • Gender Studies
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

One of the greatest parts about studying prostitution and the sex trade is the exposure to a wide variety of opinions and experiences. We were able to hear from former prostitutes, the police, political parties, non-profits, and even a frequent customer. Being exposed to each viewpoint and experience has forced me to struggle in the best possible way with what I believe and has opened my mind to a social milieu that is often forced to the fringes of society. ”

– Andrea, American University

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