Transnational Prostitution: Changing Patterns in a Global Context
Susanne Thorbek, Bandana Pattanaik
Bloomsbury Academic, 2002 - Social Science - 237 pages
Patterns of prostitution, like so much else in our increasingly inter-connected world, are changing radically, as the investigations in this volume dramatically show. The question of migrant prostitutes in the West may be much debated, but it is little researched. This collection makes a radical break with the current media focus on human trafficking and the old habit of simply blaming the victim. What emerges is a nuanced and empirically grounded portrait of the complexities of prostitution across national boundaries today.
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As a Thai sex - worker in Switzerland put it : ' Now I have become a bad girl [
anyway ) , I want to make good money of it ' ( Sereewat 1985 : 18 ) . Second , the
majority of migrant sex - workers and their families often become dependent on ...
a dual influence on the continuing migration / trafficking process : indirectly , by
having achieved wealth through their own migration and thereby inspiring others
; and more directly by promoting migration , becoming agents and traffickers .
On the contrary , as noted by Wijers ( in Kempadoo and Doezema 1998 ) , a great
many of the women who become victims of trafficking end up in this position
because they do not want to accept the limitations of their situation ; because they
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