Sex & the Contract: From Infamous Commerce to the Market for Sexual Goods and Services (Second Edition)

Sex & the Contract: From Infamous Commerce to the Market for Sexual Goods and Services (Second Edition), Consumatori e Mercato series, Roma TrE-Press, 2015

212 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2015

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Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich

University of Rome III - Department of Law

Date Written: October 23, 2015

Abstract

Sexual services and goods are regularly, and legally, offered in all Western countries. Although they are shunned through the age old maxims of in pari causa turpitudinis and nemo auditur, there is a growing tendency, both in legislation and case law, to recognize the effects of these contracts. The book analyzes, from a comparative perspective, the policies underlying the regulation of sexual services and goods and indicates some important conflicts: self-determination against human dignity, refusal of commodification of women’s bodies against protection of sex workers, regulatory approach against prohibitionism. The analysis touches sensitive issues such as zoning, sexual tourism, private sexual practices, and consumers of sex enhancers. The volume takes a legal-realistic approach trying to see the private law aspects of what was considered only as ‘infamous commerce.’

Keywords: sex, prostitution, pornography, commodification, sexual orientation, sex market, sex workers

Suggested Citation

Zeno-Zencovich, Vincenzo, Sex & the Contract: From Infamous Commerce to the Market for Sexual Goods and Services (Second Edition) (October 23, 2015). Sex & the Contract: From Infamous Commerce to the Market for Sexual Goods and Services (Second Edition), Consumatori e Mercato series, Roma TrE-Press, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2678918

Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich (Contact Author)

University of Rome III - Department of Law ( email )

Via Ostiense, 159
Rome, 00154
Italy

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