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Inaugural Professorial Lecture - Professor Gillian Abel

A research journey in sex work

In this talk, Professor Abel will give a brief overview of her personal journey before coming to work at the University of Otago, when she began my career in public health. Professor Abel's research in public health has primarily focused on how policy affects the lives of sex workers. She will take the audience on a journey through the sex work research she has done over the last 23 years, highlighting key public health messages she has taken from each one.

The studies presented in this talk cover:

  • How criminalisation of sex work (prior to 2003) created conditions for an exploitative and coercive sex industry
  • How decriminalisation enhanced sex workers’ human rights
  • How poverty is a driver for sex work
  • Why more work needs to be done to address the relationship between social workers and young people involved in street-based sex work
  • How the internet is changing the face of sex work
  • How policy has unintended consequences for migrant sex workers
  • How community engagement, and not regulation, has been able to address tensions between street-based sex workers and the community


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Date Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Time 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Audience Public,All University,Alumni,Allied health professionals
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Inaugural Professorial Lecture
DepartmentPopulation Health (Christchurch)
LocationUniversity of Otago Christchurch
Rolleston Lecture Theatre
2 Riccarton Road
CostNo cost
Contact NamePaula de Roeper, Events Coordinator, UOC
Contact Phone+64 27 316 0571

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