Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance, and Redefinition


Global Sex Workers presents the personal experiences of sex workers around the world. Drawing on their individual narratives, it explores international struggles to uphold the rights of this often marginalized group.

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Global Sex Workers presents the personal experiences of sex workers around the world. Drawing on their individual narratives, it explores international struggles to uphold the rights of this often marginalized group.

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Library Journal
This anthology of essays by scholars, activists, and organization leaders uses studies concerning both male and female sex workers of primarily Third World and developing countries to explore the social and economic issues of the industry. The writers first define both the forced and voluntary trafficking of sex in terms of a labor pool that is often migratory and at times even unionized. Issues of race and morality also play a role in the status and legitimacy of sex workers. These writings also highlight the major organizational movements and conferences of sex workers since the 1970s, as well as discussing the effects of AIDS and other health issues. Much of the literature on prostitution centers on Western cultures or single localities in the developing world. Few works have presented as well-rounded a view of prostitution as this volume, although there is Nannette Davis's Prostitution: An International Handbook on Trends, Problems, and Politics LJ 9/1/93. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.Jenny Lynn Presnell, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH
Combines scholarly essays with personal narratives, interviews, and reports to give voice to sex workers from Asia, Australia, the Americas, the Caribbean, West and South Africa, and western Europe. Situates them as working people who should enjoy human and workers rights. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415918299
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/16/1998
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Kamala Kempadoo is Assistant Professor Women's Studies and Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Jo Doezema is Project Officer at the Network of Sex Work Projects.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Globalizing Sex Workers' Rights 1
Pt. 1 Rethinking Sex Work
Introduction 29
1 Forced to Choose: Beyond the Voluntary v. Forced Prostitution Dichotomy 34
2 Debt-Bondage and Trafficking: Don't Believe the Hype 51
3 An International Perspective on Slavery in the Sex Industry 65
4 Women, Labor, and Migration: The Position of Trafficked Women and Strategies for Support 69
5 Discourses of Prostitution: The Case of Cuba 79
6 Prostitution, Stigma, and the Law in Japan: A Feminist Roundtable Discussion 87
Pt. 2 Migrations and Tourism
Introduction 99
7 Ghanaian Women and Prostitution in Cote d'Ivoire 104
8 From Thailand to Japan: Migrant Sex Workers as Autonomous Subjects 114
9 The Migrant Tightrope: Experiences from the Caribbean 124
10 Children, Prostitution, and Identity: A Case Study from a Tourist Resort in Thailand 139
11 Hustling for Dollars: Jineterismo in Cuba 151
Pt. 3 Sex Workers' Organizations
Introduction 167
12 The Association of Autonomous Women Workers, Ecuador, "22nd June" 172
13 Japanese Sex Workers: Encourage, Empower, Trust, and Love Yourselves! 178
14 The Exotic Dancers Alliance: An Interview with Dawn Passar and Johanna Breyer 182
15 SWEAT: The Development and Implementation of a Sex Worker Advocacy and Intervention Program in Post-Apartheid South Africa 192
16 A World of People: Sex Workers in Mexico 197
17 The Wind of Change Is Whispering at Your Door: The Mahila Samanwaya Committee 200
18 International Activism: Jo Doezema interviews NWSP Coordinator, Cheryl Overs 204
19 Transgenders and Sex Work in Malaysia 210
20 It's Good to Know: The Maxi Linder Association in Suriname 215
Pt. 4 AIDS Prevention and Sex Workers' Empowerment
Introduction 227
21 The Pegacao Program: Information, Prevention and Empowerment of Young Male Sex Workers in Rio de Janiero 231
22 Prostitution in Senegal 240
23 The TAMPEP Project in Western Europe 246
24 COIN and MODEMU in the Dominican Republic 260
Bibliography 267
Contributors and Contributing Organizations 279
Index 283
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