By commenting on the „Final Report of the International Comparative Study of Prostitution Policy: Austria and the Netherlands” by Hendrik Wagenaar, Sietske Altink and Helga Amesberger the following text generally reflects on sex-work and on prostitution policies. My arguments are grouped around seven dimensions, addressed in the report.
The report first past applies a ‘post-adoption approach’, focusing less on the process of policy-formulation, on the amendments of laws and the creation of new policy measures but on the implementation of laws and regulations. It is important to ask why ‘good’ laws and instruments have un-intended and harmful effects on sex-workers rights and why ‘bad’ or ambiguous laws and regulations make the work of stakeholders – for instance the police, civil servants and NGOs – difficult. Such a research focus is able to generate sound insights into how the policing, the regulating of prostitution works on the ground in Austria and the Netherlands.