Edward D. Robbins Memorial Prize Paper: J. Resnik, S. Carter, A. Schwartz Best third-year student contribution to a Yale Law School journal other than the YLJ
This Note uncovers a history that has been largely ignored, dismissed, and sometimes even intentionally obscured: the history of the policing of sex workers in the twentieth century..When most lawyers think about the surveillance of sex workers, they think of a standard cast of characters: police, prosecutors, pimps, purchasers, and procurers. But the surveillance of sex workers has always been much broader and renders a far greater number of actors complicit. This Note uncovers the significant (yet often overlooked) roles played by four groups in surveilling sex workers: (1) the federal government, (2) elite women, (3) public health authorities, and (4) major universities. As a case study, the Note focuses on the city of New Haven, Connecticut, during the twentieth century.
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Stern, Scott W., "Rethinking Complicity in the Surveillance of Sex Workers: Policing and Prostitution in America's Model City" (2020). Student Prize Papers. 134.