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Catherine Stephens from the IUSW has asked me to publish links to a programme on the BBC that she was recently asked to be involved with discussing the age of entry into sex work and if it should be raised to 21.
She made this comment about the show which gives an insight into the lack of research that is involved when the media discuss sex work.
“In his introduction to the programme, Nicky Campbell states the average age of entry into prostitution is 15. When I queried this (I heard it 5 minutes before we went live) he was told that it was in a Home Office study and it would not be changed. I followed this up with the production team, and it turned out they were quoting an NGO document that referred to a Home Office consultation, “Paying the Price”, not a study and the statement the NGO made about female age of entry was not included in “Paying the Price”. “Paying the Price” actually mentions at least 10 studies that refer to age of entry, only one of which (of men and boys) showed an age of entry of 15. The TV company won’t issue a correction, so the IUSW has publicised this through our twitter account – please retweet.”