"I'm No Criminal": Examining the impact of prostitution-specific criminal records on women seeking to exit prostitution

"I'm No Criminal", a research project by Eaves and Nia, examines the impact of prostitution-specific criminal records on women involved in prostitution and on their attempts to exit and rebuild their lives. The study builds on an earlier three-year study which investigated women’s experiences of exiting prostitution. That study identified nine common barriers to exiting prostitution. A significant barrier was possession of a criminal record for prostitution-related offences. The research team wished to explore this barrier in more detail and was fortunate to obtain funding from Lankelly Chase for this purpose. This research forms the subject matter of this report. 

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