Analysing local newspaper coverage of murders involving street sex workers

Louise Wattis

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Based on victim hierarchies, news media framing of murdered sex workers is especially pejorative, often shaped by notions of deviant feminine sexuality and sex workers’ social and legal marginalisation.
The analysis presented in this article explores these themes by focusing on five murders involving young women linked to sex work in a large town in the North of England. It corroborates themes identified in the previous literature relating to shallow and derogatory framing, as well as the way women are reclaimed as victims via the family trope and notions of community. Lastly, the article explores representational tensions in coverage, between acknowledging victimhood and victims’ place within their communities, whilst also continuing to other victims
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2020

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