Criminalising the payment for sex in northern ireland; sketching the contours of a moral panic

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Abstract

This paper examines recent legislative developments in Northern Ireland around Lord Morrow’s Human Trafficking & Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill that was passed unanimously in the Northern Ireland Assembly and which uniquely in the United Kingdom now makes it a criminal offence to pay for sexual services. I suggest that issues around sex trafficking, sexual slavery and prostitution in Northern Ireland bear all the hallmarks of Stan Cohen’s famous articulation of a moral panic (Cohen 1972) but also argue that his original for- mulation needs to be recast slightly to take account of the horizontal structuring of moral panics in contemporary society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-214
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume57
Issue number1
Early online date28 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Keywords

  • prositution, sex trafficking, christian right, feminism, moral panics

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