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With tourism accounting for approximately thirty percent of the Caribbean's GDP and twenty-four percent of employment, a link between the sex trade and the tourism industry has gained recent attention. Shifts in global production, an increase of disposable income for pleasure and recreation, and a desire by North Americans and Europeans for an experience of 'exotic' cultures, are often claimed to be the cause. This volume explores the connections between the global economy and sex work, focusing on the experiences and views of women, men, and children who sell sex. Apart from attention to sex tourism in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Jamaica, the book also examines sex work in the gold mining industry in the hinterlands of Suriname and Guyana, and in the entertainment sector in Belize and the Dutch Antilles. It presents new insights into the Caribbean sex trade and provides proposals and strategies for addressing the situation in the twenty-first century.
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Continuities and Change: Five Centuries of Prositution in the Caribbean Part 3 Tourism, Globalization and "The Exotic" Chapter 4 Fantasy Islands: Exploring the Demand for Sex Tourism Chapter 5 Globalization, Tourism and the International Sex Trade Chapter 6 Back to the Future? Women, Race, and Tourism in Cuba Part 7 The Hustle and Struggle Sector Chapter 8 Women's Work is Never Done: Sex Tourism in Sosúa, the Dominican Republic Chapter 9 "Come to Jamaica and Feel All Right": Tourism and the Sex Trade Chapter 10 Bleak Pasts, Bleak Futures: Life Paths of Thirteen Young Prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia Chapter 11 Tourism-Oriented Prostitution in Barbados: The Case of the Beach Boy and the White Female Tourist Chapter 12 Tourism and the Sex Trade in St. Maarten and Curaçao, the Netherlands Antilles Chapter 13 The Muchachas of Orange Walk Town, Belize Chapter 14 Sex and Gold: Exploring the Link Between Small-Scale Gold Mining and the Commercial Sex in the Rainforest of Suriname Part 15 Strategies for the Twenty-First Century Chapter 16 "Givin' Lil Bit Fuh Lil Bit": Sex Work and Sex Workers in Guyana Chapter 17 For the Children: International Policies and Law on Sex Tourism Chapter 18 A Human Rights Perspective on the Sex Trade in the Caribbean and Beyond Chapter 19 Bibliography