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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It is common in the rich world today to define anyone who arranges for a
prostitute to travel to work in a richer country as a trafficker , regardless of whether
the prostitute has chosen to travel herself or has been forced or lured into the
Apparently , the majority of the women do not like being sex - workers , but seem
to accept the situation in ... accepted social norms , many seem to lose faith in the
possibility of change and need help if they are to change their situations .
This situation leads many to despair , and to lose hope that they might lead
another kind of life . 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 ) .
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