Invisible Trade: High-class sex for sale in Singapore

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Welcome to the very real, largely hidden, and often surreal world of high-class sex for sale in Singapore, where the sexual desires of this tiny island run the gamut from simple missionary zeal to the cracking of the whip. Never before have outsiders been offered such a fascinating look into the weird and wonderful, delightful and sometimes depraved world of five-star, high-class prostitutes that operate in Singapores flourishing sex trade. Featuring real stories of American models moonlighting as high-class ...
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Overview

Welcome to the very real, largely hidden, and often surreal world of high-class sex for sale in Singapore, where the sexual desires of this tiny island run the gamut from simple missionary zeal to the cracking of the whip. Never before have outsiders been offered such a fascinating look into the weird and wonderful, delightful and sometimes depraved world of five-star, high-class prostitutes that operate in Singapores flourishing sex trade. Featuring real stories of American models moonlighting as high-class escorts in Asia, and American businessmen in search of exotic Eastern promise!
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Editorial Reviews

The Business Times Singapore
Lim's ability to capture the essence of his subjects makes for engaging reading. Mixing humour subtly into the text allows the curious reader to flit over the subject matter without getting too drawn into the pathos of the issue.
Roberto Coloma
One of the hottest-selling books here these days is about trade — but it has nothing to do with Singapore's exports of semiconductors or petrochemicals. 'Invisible Trade' is a ground-breaking book on Singapore's sex industry.
Paul Theroux
At last, after thirty years of my avoiding the city-state, this book restores my faith in the Singapore character and gives me reasons to return.
Harper’s Bazaar Singapore
Frank, fascinating, weird and unputdownable!
Annabel Chong
Smart, funny and intoxicating! Who knew that sex in Singapore could be this interesting?
The Asian Review of Books
Invisible Trade is a expose of, as the subtitle says, High-class sex for sale in Singapore. While it is no surprise that such things go on even in squeaky-clean Singapore, what makes Invisible Trade stand out it could actually have been written-and published-at all in the city-state. Although it is positioned as a matter-of-fact descriptive study, there are more than enough explicit details to give a potential protector of public morals the shakes. Lim's journalist style is to affect the present tense-the subject shudders, remembers, says, exclaims, grunts-creating a sense of immediacy and, indeed, intimacy while providing his subjects with a sort of timelessness that they probably don't achieve in reality.
I-S Magazine
Kudos to...Gerrie Lim for this under-the-covers expose of high-class sex acts for sale...without any sensationalizing of his subjects.
Harper's Bazaar Singapore
Frank, fascinating, weird and unputdownable!
AFP wire story
One of the hottest-selling books here these days is about trade -- but it has nothing to do with Singapore's exports of semiconductors or petrochemicals. "Invisible Trade" is a ground-breaking book on Singapore's sex industry, particularly high-class international prostitutes posing as "escorts" and catering to a global clientele with kinky tastes and money to burn.
The Business Times
Lim's ability to capture the essence of his subjects makes for engaging reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789810510336
  • Publisher: Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerrie Lim holds an MA in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California and has written for Billboard, Details, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Playboy, Penthouse, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Asian Wall Street Journal. He spends his time in both Los Angeles and Singapore.
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Table of Contents

1 Preface Part 2 Courtesan Confidential 3 The Mongolian Strangler 4 Walking The Dog 5 White Diamonds 6 Asian Affairs Part 7 Different Strokes 8 Her Heart Will Go On 9 Boys In The Hood 10 Victoria’s Secrets Part 11 Risqué Business 12 Girls, Food, Lodging 13 Daughters Of The Tenth Muse 14 Invisible Trade 15 Acknowledgments 16 Suggested Reading 17 Permissions
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