Noted: Laura Agustin reviews Roger N. Lancaster’s Sex Panic and the Punitive State

Author of Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry (Zed Books), and a researcher and analyst of human trafficking, undocumented migration and sex-industry research for the past 20 years, Laura Agustín has written a brilliant essay on sex-crimes — “Institutionalized, Punitive Hysteria: The Specialness of (Some) Sexual Crimes” — by way of a review of Roger N. Lancaster’s Sex Panic and the Punitive State (University of California Press, 2011).