Drawing on examples from Italy, Dr Isabel Crowhurst (Sociology, Essex) will explore how the state’s shifting relationship with sex workers can be understood in the context of broader political economic changes and related re-articulations of citizenship.

She will discuss how Italian sex workers, outcast and marginalised for decades, are now called upon to make a contribution towards the collective effort to fight the current economic crisis by paying income tax on their sex work-related earnings.

Her talk will question whether it is at all possible that current proposals for a change in the regulation of prostitution can be viewed as opportunities for the rights of sex workers as workers to be acknowledged and protected.